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  • Kentucky Senate Creates Separate Marriage License For Gay Couples

    "Pure and simple, this bill is motivated by the desire to accommodate discrimination against same-sex couples." - ACLU of Kentucky 

    Kentucky's Republican State Senate passed SB5 yesterday, creating two separate marriage license forms, one for straight couples and the other for gays. 

    The bill was intended to create a new license that no longer required the names of county clerks - the "religious accommodation" Rowan County clerk Kim Davis demanded for herself after the Supreme Court legalized marriage equality, (which apparently the Kentucky Senate believes is really just "marriage similarity".)

    Newly elected Tea Party Governor Matt Bevin ordered the clerks' names removed from the form by executive order soon after taking office the first of the year, something Democratic Governor Steve Beshear maintained he didn't have to power to do, but the legislature is considering a new permanent form that everyone will be sure is legal. Make that forms.  During the debate process, State Senator Morgan McGarvey attempted to amend SB5 to create only one form for all applicants, but Republicans voted it down.

    kentucky.jpgAfter the Supreme Court's Obergefell decision in June, then-governor Steve Beshear replaced the words "bride" and "groom" on marriage license forms with "first party" and "second party." Republican lawmakers were determined to change that designation. 

    "Quite frankly, it’s almost disrespectful to the traditional family," complained Republican State Senator John Schickel. "That’s’ why, wisely, we decided to have two forms. That has nothing to do with bigotry, nothing to do with discrimination. It has to do with the vast majority of Kentuckians that respect traditional marriage." (Translation: This is not bigotry because it is widely approved bigotry.) 

    The ACLU of Kentucky, which represented the couples who sued Kim Davis, are urging voters to contact their state representatives to make sure the bill does not pass the Democratically controlled House.

    "Separate forms for gay and lesbian Kentuckians constitute unequal treatment under the law," complained Michael Aldridge, executive director of the ACLU of Kentucky. "Pure and simple, this bill is motivated by the desire to accommodate discrimination against same-sex couples."

    We'll let you know how the SB5 fares in the statehouse. 

     

     

    Images are from the ACLU of Kentucky via Facebook

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    • commented 2016-02-19 20:29:54 -0500
      Shouldn’t there be three forms: husband-husband, wife-wife, and husband-wife?

    • commented 2016-02-19 19:28:35 -0500
      This is where I live and these fucking bigots have no shame. Next, they will want same sex couples to wear badges that designate their sexual orientation so they can get married. #YellowBadge

    • commented 2016-02-19 18:46:07 -0500
      Can we have separate drinking fountains too? Or our own section on the bus — maybe near the back?

    • commented 2016-02-19 18:04:23 -0500
      This reminds me of those “white only” signs I used to see in old magazines. There are so many hypocristians lost to a hell of hate and prejudice.

    • commented 2016-02-19 16:16:42 -0500
      “Quite frankly, it’s almost disrespectful to the traditional family,” complained Republican State Senator John Schickel."

      Quite frankly, it’s not.

      “That’s’ why, wisely, we decided to have two forms.”

      Good thinking. Time and money well spent to make sure the regular paperwork doesn’t have to touch or be near the icky gay paperwork.

      “That has nothing to do with bigotry, nothing to do with discrimination. It has to do with the vast majority of Kentuckians that respect traditional marriage.”

      Ummm, that’s not the issue. The issue is people not respecting non-traditional marriage, not the other way around. I resent the implication that because you support same sex marriage you don’t support traditional marriage.

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