Kentucky Lawmakers Pass Bill For 1 Marriage License Form

Apr 2, 2016

Kentucky lawmakers have given their final blessing to creating one marriage license form for gay and straight couples in an effort to defuse the state's ongoing controversy over gay marriage.

Karen Roberts, left, places a wedding band on the finger of her partner April Miller as they renew their vows in a public ceremony, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Morehead, Ky. Miller and Roberts were the plaintiffs in a suit filed against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis by the American Civil Liberties Union in an attempt to have her office issue marriage licenses. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
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The proposal is a response to Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who spent five days in jail last year for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples based on her religious beliefs.

Davis said she could not issue the licenses because they had her name on them.

The Republican-led Senate gave the bill its final passage Friday, sending it to Gov. Matt Bevin.

Under the final bill, a marriage license applicant would have the option of checking "bride," ''groom" or "spouse" beside their name. The form would not have the clerk's name on it.