Ky. Governor Says Altered Marriage Licenses Are Valid

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MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) – Gov. Steve Beshear says the altered marriage licenses issued in Rowan County from the office of an embattled clerk are considered valid.

Beshear said Monday that the licenses issued “are going to be recognized as valid in the Commonwealth.”

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has refused to authorize licenses for same-sex couples because of her religious beliefs. She spent five days in jail for refusing to follow a federal judge’s ruling ordering her to issue the licenses.

On Monday, her office altered the marriage licenses to remove her name and deputy clerks – not Davis – granted them instead.