County Clerks and Same Sex Marriage

Clerk Jailed For Refusing Marriage Licenses Writes Book

Feb 26, 2018
AP File Photo

The Kentucky clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples has written a book.

Adam Beam, Associated Press

David Ermold will return to the Rowan County courthouse Wednesday, nearly two years after Clerk Kim Davis refused to give him a marriage license because he was gay. Only this time, he does not want a license. He wants Davis' job.

Josh James / WUKY

Many communities in the commonwealth have moved to protect LGBT residents by enacting fairness ordinances, but one well-known Kentucky gay rights advocate says the November elections have put those gains in jeopardy.

Kentucky Lawmakers Pass Bill For 1 Marriage License Form

Apr 2, 2016
Associated Press

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.


A Kentucky House panel has settled on a single compromise marriage license form that does away with the twin applications created by the Senate.


While the Kentucky House weighs a Senate measure creating a pair of marriage license forms, one representative wants the legislature to split marriage itself into two categories.

Josh James / WUKY

Legislation altering the state's marriage licensing process moved through the Republican-led Senate Thursday, but not without a vigorous debate over the merits of utilizing two distinct forms.

Josh James / WUKY

LGBT rights groups filled the Capitol Rotunda Wednesday to call on lawmakers to pass statewide fairness legislation.

Josh James / WUKY

After weeks of postponements, Senate Bill 5 - a measure aimed at incorporating Gov. Matt Bevin's  2015 executive order stripping county clerks names from marriage licenses into state law - finally went before committee. The compromise gained preliminary approval, but one particular provision left LGBT groups a little queasy.


A Senate bill codifying Gov. Matt Bevin's early executive order striking county clerks' names from marriage licenses has seen multiple delays in committee, but it could finally receive a hearing in the coming days.