Governor: Marriage licenses in Kentucky county are valid

Gov. Steve Beshear (D-Ky.)

Gov. Steve Beshear (D-Ky.)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky‘s outgoing Democratic governor Steve Beshear says the state will recognize the marriage licenses that county clerk Kim Davis altered because of her religious beliefs.

Davis, the clerk in Rowan County, believes it would be a sin for her to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple. She believes it so fervently that she spent five days in jail earlier this year for refusing to obey a federal judge who ordered her to issue the licenses. Her office issued the licenses in her absence. When Davis got out of jail, she changed the licenses to remove her name and the name of the county.

The American Civil Liberties Union protested and asked a federal judge to make Davis reissue the licenses. In a court filing last week, Beshear told the judge he believes the licenses are valid.

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