Earlier this month, a Republican-backed law passed that creates separate forms for gay and straight couples who are getting married.
Stripping the titles “bride/groom” from the licenses for same-sex couples, the bill basically bans them from officially being “groom and groom” or “bride and bride.”
Instead, the titles for same-sex couples are “first party” and “second party”.
Heterosexual couples will still be referred to as “bride” and “groom.”
Kentucky Senator Morgan McGarvey says Kim Davis spoke out against the new law at a recent clerk’s meeting.
Surprisingly, she’s against it.
McGarvey said he couldn’t believe his ears when Davis spoke in favor of his suggested amendment, which would maintain a single form for gay and straight couples.
“I had no idea what to expect when discussing my proposed changes to the marriage license form with the vast majority of Kentucky’s clerks,” he wrote, “especially when I noticed Mrs. Davis, the Rowan County Clerk, sitting in the audience.
SB 5 calls for the creation of two separate marriage license forms: one with spaces for ‘bride’ and ‘groom’ and the other with lines designated ‘first party’ and ‘second party’.
“I proposed reducing the headaches created by two forms by combing them into one form that allows the couple getting married to select whether they wish to be identified as the ‘bride’, ‘groom’, or ‘spouse’.
“My own reasoning is simple. One form is easier to handle, less expensive and puts everyone on equal footing.”
“After passing out sample forms and answering a multitude of questions and hypothetical scenarios, Kentucky’s clerks seemed to agree that one form is how we should proceed.
“Then Mrs Davis stood up to speak. We had never met and I had no idea what to expect.
“To my pleasure, and admittedly my surprise, Mrs Davis agreed with my amendment and my approach.
“In front of a room full of her colleagues she emotionally acknowledged her role in causing this debate but whole-heartedly endorsed my amendment.
“As Mrs Davis told the other clerks, they should support my amendment because using two forms just invites problems.
“I stood in stunned silence at the front of the room as Mrs Davis’ remarks seemed to cement the clerks’ opinions that we should use one form instead of two.”
h/t: Pink News