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Standoff continues over same-sex marriage after governor, county clerk meet

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The governor met for an hour with Casey County Clerk Casey Davis, but when it was over neither had budged. The governor met for an hour with Casey County Clerk Casey Davis, but when it was over neither had budged.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -- Gov. Steve Beshear is standing by his decision not to call a special session on same sex marriage despite a personal appeal from a county clerk who refuses to obey the new law.

The governor met for an hour with Casey County Clerk Casey Davis, but when it was over neither had budged.

Davis has refused to issue marriage licenses since the Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage. He's pushed for a face to face meeting with the governor to try and convince him to call a special session.

Davis wants lawmakers to come up with ways to help clerks who object to gay marriage.

As for the $60,000 a day the session would cost, “There's been a lot more money spent for a lot less cause. This is a pretty important cause,” said Davis.

By the time Davis arrived, clerks from seven other counties and about 50 supporters had gathered in the Capitol Rotunda.

“I have no doubt that more than half of this state wants to protect religious liberty. Same sex marriage is done, but now we must protect religious liberty,” said Kent Ostrander, executive director of the Family Foundation of Kentucky.

Davis is among the reported 60 county clerks sending a letter to the governor asking him to call lawmakers into session, saying it is the only "timely and reasonable solution."

The clerks say it's more than just religious objections to gay marriage.

“We have a lot of laws that have to be updated to coincide with this Supreme Court ruling,” said Leslie Co. Clerk James Lewis.

After the hour-long meeting, Davis said neither he nor the governor had moved.

“We agreed to disagree,” said Davis.

The governor released a statement essentially repeating what he said Monday.

“I took the same oath they did, and that oath is to uphold that constitutional ruling regardless of how you may feel about it,” said Beshear.

Davis, who is also a pastor in Casey County, says he'll stand his ground, and prepare for whatever comes next.

“As long as I'm guided by my heart, and do what my heart tells me, there's a higher power that will take care of me in the end,” said Davis to 'amens' and applause from supporters.

The clerks and their supporters say they'll keep up the pressure on Gov. Beshear, but it appears this issue will continue to simmer until the General Assembly and the courts have their say.

More: Beshear: No special session needed to address county clerks, marriage licenses

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