Bill Creating 2 Marriage Licenses Clears Kentucky Senate

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s state Senate has approved a bill that creates different marriage license forms for gay and straight couples, with one Republican senator saying a form that does not include the words “bride” and “groom” is offensive to traditional families.

The Senate voted 30-8 on the bill that also removes the names of county clerks from marriage license forms. The bill is in response to Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because the licenses contained her name. Davis spent five days in jail for refusing to obey a federal court order.

Democratic Sen. Morgan McGarvey attempted to amend the bill so the state would only have one form. He said having just one form would save money and would treat everyone equally.