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Pastors fail to sway Gov. Beshear in same sex marriage controversy

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A half dozen pastors and supporters of Rowan Co. Clerk Kim Davis came to the Capitol to try and convince the governor to see things their way, but they left disappointed. A half dozen pastors and supporters of Rowan Co. Clerk Kim Davis came to the Capitol to try and convince the governor to see things their way, but they left disappointed.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -- A group of pastors is appealing to Gov. Steve Beshear to help prevent another Kim Davis controversy.

The Rowan County Clerk spent time in jail for defying a court order to issue same sex marriage licenses. Davis supporters went to the governor Monday saying they want to make sure it doesn't happen to someone else. 

A half dozen pastors and supporters of Rowan Co. Clerk Kim Davis came to the Capitol to try and convince the governor to see things their way, but they left disappointed.

“We are just wanting to make sure that something like this never happens again,” said Randy Smith, the group’s leader.

They came to appeal to Beshear to do something he has said repeatedly he will not do: call a special session or issue an executive order to accommodate clerks like Davis who have religious objections to same sex marriage.

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

The group was taken to a nearby conference room, where they met, not with Beshear, but with Chief of Staff Larry Bond.

When the 45-minute closed-door session was over, Bond had no comment. But the pastors were not happy.

“I'm not pleased with the answer,” said Smith.

The governor did not budge. He'll let lawmakers deal with the issue in regular session starting in January after Beshear has left office.

“I know he's got just a few days left, but we were trying to compel him to at least give us something -- to work with us,” said Smith.

In a statement, Beshear's spokesman said, once again, the governor has no legal authority to address the issue by executive order, and there's no need to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayers' money on a special session.

But the pastors say their concern now extends beyond Kim Davis and the county clerks.

“If bakers and others can be sued for not providing a service, then ministers and churches will be next for refusing to perform same sex marriage,” said Smith.

The pastors say their frustration over this issue has led them to begin forming a new coalition of churches to try and have more clout in Frankfort.

Here is the entire statement from Gov. Beshear’s spokesman Terry Sebastian regarding the meeting:

“The Governor’s chief of staff, Larry Bond, met with a group of ministers today. The Governor’s office is always happy to meet with community leaders and citizens and hear their ideas. Mr. Bond reminded the group, however, that the legislature has placed the authority to issue marriage licenses on county clerks by statute, and the Governor has no legal authority to relieve them of their statutory duty by executive order. The General Assembly will convene in just 12 weeks and can make any statutory changes it deems necessary at that time. The Governor sees no need to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayers’ money calling a special session of the General Assembly when 117 of 120 county clerks are doing their jobs.”

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