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Kentucky county clerks drafting bill to resolve same sex marriage dilemma

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On Saturday, thousands gathered in Frankfort to support three county clerks refusing to issue marriage licenses in protest of same sex marriage. On Saturday, thousands gathered in Frankfort to support three county clerks refusing to issue marriage licenses in protest of same sex marriage.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -- Their faith won't let them sign same sex marriage licenses, but the law requires it. Now, some Kentucky county clerks say they have a solution. They want lawmakers to change the requirement that county clerks must sign marriage licenses at all.

On Saturday, thousands gathered in Frankfort to support three county clerks refusing to issue marriage licenses in protest of same sex marriage.

The Kentucky County Clerks Association says it is drafting a bill to resolve the issue. It would change the form so that clerks would not be required to sign it.

“What we would do is a proposal that would have the county and the county seat listed where the license was issued, but no name as to who actually issued it,” said Leslie Co. Clerk James Lewis, who sits on a committee formed by the association to draft the law.

Lewis says changing the form is a better option than issuing marriage licenses on line.

“I’m not sure how they would rectify the requirement to provide proof of age, and in the case of guardian or parental signatures, how they would manage to make sure that those were the correct people,” said Lewis

Republican Rep. Mike Harmon, whose district includes the Casey Co. Clerk who has helped lead the opposition to same sex marriage, says he could support the clerks' proposal.

“I know some people have talked about just having it where they file it just like you would a mortgage or deed, but certainly if the county clerks don’t have to sign it, I think that would be a valid alternative as well,” said Harmon.

But Democratic Rep. Darryl Owens of Louisville says he's unwilling to spend time and resources on the issue.

“I don't see a problem. I don’t know what solution you’re trying to find. Are you trying to solve a problem for these two or three? It would be a problem if we had 117. I don’t see it as a problem,” Owens said.

While the clerks say the solution is simple, it may trigger a partisan battle at the State Capitol.

More: Two Ky. county clerks still fighting same-sex marriage despite Supreme Court ruling, lawsuit

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