Kentucky governor candidates debate amid gay marriage furor

Matt Bevin

Matt Bevin Timothy D. Easley, AP

Kentucky's Republican nominee for governor thinks the government should be out of the marriage business forever.Timothy D. Easley, AP

Kentucky‘s Republican nominee for governor thinks the government should be out of the marriage business forever.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Kentucky’s candidates for governor will meet in the first televised debate of the 2015 campaign on Tuesday amid the furor surrounding a county clerk who went to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Republican Matt Bevin, Democrat Jack Conway and independent Drew Curtis are scheduled to appear on the campus of Bellarmine University in Louisville on Tuesday for a debate hosted by The Bluegrass Poll Partners that will be streamed online and televised in the state’s two largest media markets.

The race has focused on whether Kentucky should continue to expand a health insurance program that was mostly for the poor and disabled. But Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples could shift the race to social issues.

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