County clerks ask Kentucky governor for special session

Lawrence County Courthouse in Frankfort, Kentucky

Lawrence County Courthouse in Frankfort, Kentucky W. Marsh, Wikimedia

Lawrence County Courthouse in Frankfort, KentuckyW. Marsh, Wikimedia

Lawrence County Courthouse in Frankfort, Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. –— A county clerk says nearly half of the county clerks in Kentucky have asked Gov. Steve Beshear to call a special session of the legislature to address the issue of gay marriage licenses after same-sex marriage was legalized.

Lawrence County Clerk Chris Jobe says a letter sent Wednesday by 57 clerks to Beshear explains that they face a conflict between their religious beliefs and job duties following the U.S. Supreme Court‘s June 26 ruling.

On Tuesday, House Speaker Greg Stumbo asked Beshear to call lawmakers back into session over the issue. But Beshear said there was no need for lawmakers to consider an issue the Supreme Court has settled.

The American Civil Liberties Union has sued Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis after she refused marriage licenses to two gay couples and two straight couples.

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