Some Court Clarks Say They Will Not Issue Gay Marriage Licenses Despite Legalization

A number of court officials in some counties of Kentucky and Ohio, where the Supreme Court will probably legalize gay marriage, have expressed their opposition towards the new practice. Gay couples, therefore, would have to go elsewhere to get married. "If they do what I hope they don't do, I'll weigh my options and look at my statutory duties as county clerk," said Boone County Clerk Kenny Brown. "I don't think I'm the only county clerk in the state who is opposed."

While some court clerks say the business will continue as usual, others think it is a good idea to wait for state instructions before they issue wedding licenses. It seems that the opposition towards gay marriage seems to be more intense in areas south of Ohio River, whereas countries located elsewhere don’t seem to have any problems with the new legislation being put forward.  

"If the Supreme Court rules on this, they are overstepping their bounds," Brown said. "For the Supreme Court to rule on it is an over-reach and I don't agree with it. I personally don't agree with it, and I philosophically don't agree with it." The ruling of the Supreme Court is expected to make their decision sometime in June. Even though it is difficult to predict how what the panel decide, those familiar with the matter say the Court is likely to legalize gay marriage in Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky. 

 

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