Kentucky Senate Passes Bill Accommodating Kim Davis and Religious Freedom

Feb 22, 2016

Frankfort, KY – Less than six months after Kim Davis was taken into custody by Federal Marshalls and locked behind bars, the Kentucky Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill accommodating the religious liberty of all Kentucky county clerks.

SB5, which passed 30 to 8, removes the names of county clerks from marriage licenses, which is what Kim Davis asked for from the beginning. In addition, the bill reverses former Governor Beshear’s amendment to the marriage licenses when he ordered that all licenses replace “Bride” and “Groom” with “Party 1” and “Party 2.” SB5 restores “Bride” and “Groom” to the license but provides a separate license that same-sex couples that contain “Party 1” and “Party 2.” The Senate bill now moves to the House.

“This is another great victory for Kim Davis and for religious liberty. As expected, the ACLU is still not happy and calls the bill ‘discrimination’ and ‘a dangerous slippery slope precedent…catering to one specific religious belief.’ The ACLU wanted to crush the conscience of Kim Davis. They were not successful and they found that Kim Davis will not be bullied,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.

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