KENTUCKY: Renegade Clerks Face Jail

Yesterday Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear personally told Casey County Clerk Casey Davis to issue marriage licenses or resign. On Monday a state court will hear the ACLU’s lawsuit against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis. All of the renegade Kentucky clerks face possible jail time. Via the Associated Press:

“The rest of the county court clerks are complying with the law regardless of their personal beliefs,” Beshear said in a statement. “The courts and the voters will deal appropriately with the rest.” Lawrence County Clerk Chris Jobe, president of the Kentucky County Clerk’s Association, announced earlier this week that 57 clerks had signed a letter to Beshear asking him to call a special session of the state legislature to change Kentucky’s marriage laws to protect local officials who object to same-sex marriage. But as of Thursday afternoon, the governor’s office had only received three such letters: Kenny Brown in Boone County, Kim Davis in Rowan County, and Jason Denny in Anderson County. Beshear said again on Thursday that he would not call the legislature back into session. And Casey Davis reiterated Thursday that he would not resign, saying he would not quit on his family or the people that elected him. “I’m going to be not wise in mine own eyes,” he said, referencing a passage from the book of Proverbs in the Bible. “I’m going to fear the Lord and depart from evil.”