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Kentucky House passes bill for new gay/straight marriage license forms

Michael Aldridge, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, said the single version “ensures all loving couples can access the rights they are entitled to equally under the law.”

“The bill lifts the cloud of uncertainty hanging over marriage licensing in Kentucky,” he said Friday.

McGarvey sounded optimistic that the Senate’s large GOP majority would endorse the one-form alternative in the final days of this year’s legislative session.

“I’ve talked to several of my colleagues and I think that they’re ready to put this in their rear view mirror and get it behind us,” he said.

Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer was noncommittal.

“I want to see the bill, and I want to see what the form looks like,” he said Friday.

Sen. Stephen West, the lead sponsor of the bill creating two forms, said he was open to accepting the House version.

“If the only change is going to a single form in the way that I understand that it’s been changed, then personally I’ll be fine for it,” said West, a Republican.

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