VIRGINIA: State Sen. Charles Carrico Intros Bill To Allow Clerks To Refuse Gay Marriage Licenses

The Associated Press reports:

A Republican lawmaker in Virginia is pushing legislation that would allow clerks to refuse to issue licenses for marriages they object to on moral or religious grounds.

Republican Sen. Charles Carrico of Galax said many of his constituents were concerned about what happened to Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who spent five days in jail last year for denying licenses to same-sex couples.

Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has already vowed to veto Carrico’s bill if it passes the GOP-controlled General Assembly. Republicans would need significant Democratic support to override a veto, which is unlikely.

Anti-LGBT bills on marriage and other issues are underway or expected in about two dozen states.