Judge orders governor to investigate Kim Davis’ altered marriage licenses

Gov. Steve Beshear (D-Ky.) LGBTQ Nation

Gov. Steve Beshear (D-Ky.)

Gov. Steve Beshear (D-Ky.)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Federal judge David L. Bunning has ordered Kentucky’s Democratic governor Steve Beshear to weigh in on whether altered marriage licenses issued by Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ office are valid.

Davis opposes same-sex marriage for religious reasons. She spent five days in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in defiance of a federal court order. When she got out of jail, she changed the licenses to remove her name and to say they were issued under the authority of a federal judge.

The American Civil Liberties Union questioned the validity of the licenses and asked Bunning to order Davis to reissue them. Beshear has said publicly he thinks the licenses are valid and will be recognized by the state government. A spokesman for his office did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

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