- Associated Press - Thursday, September 3, 2015
Kentucky clerk gets help from GOP state Senate president

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Republican president of the Kentucky state Senate has asked a federal judge to withhold his ruling ordering a county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Republican Senate President Robert Stivers says U.S. District Judge David Bunning needs to give the state legislature time to pass a law that would exempt Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis from having to issue marriage licenses. The state legislature is not in session and won’t be until January. Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has refused to call for a special session, arguing it would waste taxpayer money for an issue that only affects one clerk.

“The Supreme Court ruling has completely obliterated the definition of marriage and the process for obtaining a marriage license in Kentucky,” Stivers said in a news release. “The General Assembly will be compelled to amend many sections of Kentucky law, not just for the issuance of marriage licenses, to comply with the recent Supreme Court decision.”

Stivers says nearly all of Kentucky’s laws governing marriage are invalid following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in June that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. For example, Kentucky’s state law requires a couple seeking a marriage license to apply for one in the county “in which the female resides” or at another county so long as the woman applies for it.



“(The Supreme Court decision) clearly contemplates marriages that do not involve a female, as well as marriages that involve two females,” Stivers’ attorney wrote to the court. “It is unclear at this juncture what the proper venue for the issuance of a license for same sex marriages is after (the Supreme Court’s decision.)

Davis objects to same-sex marriage for religious reasons. She stopped issuing marriage licenses after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. Two gay couples and two straight couples sued her, and Bunning ordered her to issue the licenses.

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Lesbian couple, like Kentucky clerk, standing up for beliefs

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) - As April Miller drove to work, still too stunned to grasp the magnitude of the fight erupting around her, an old song crackled over the car radio.

“Will you still love me for the rest of my life?” the band Chicago sang. “I can’t go on if I’m on my own.”

Miller pulled over. And for the first time since she and her partner stepped into the vortex of history, she wept.

“I had been trying to keep it together, keep it even, trying not to let my blood pressure go up,” she said.

The day before, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis refused her a license to marry Karen Roberts, her partner for more than a decade. Rather than comply with the U.S. Supreme Court’s legalization of gay marriage nationwide, the Apostolic Christian has invoked “God’s authority” in refusing to license any marriages at all.

“All the excitement built up, then there was this crash of disappointment and anger,” Miller said. “I felt really marginalized, dehumanized, ostracized. I just emotionally crashed.”

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Ex-pastor facing child porn charges to be released from jail

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A former Louisville Catholic priest facing federal child porn charges will be released from jail.

Stephen Pohl was arrested in Florida last month for accessing child porn on computers at his church.

Pohl appeared in federal court Wednesday, and Magistrate Judge Dave Whalin agreed to release him on a $25,000 unsecured bond.

Louisville Archdiocese officials say the FBI found child pornography on his computer and photos of students from St. Margaret Mary parish, where he was pastor. Pohl has since resigned.

Pohl smiled briefly at family members as he entered the courtroom Wednesday. The 57-year-old will live with his mother while awaiting trial and cannot have computers in the home. He will also wear monitoring equipment.

Pohl is set to be released from the Grayson County Jail on Thursday.

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Legislative leaders interview candidates for LRC director

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Candidates for director of the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission have undergone interviews in Frankfort, but there’s been no decision on a new leader.

The Lexington Herald-Leader (https://bit.ly/1UsoXh4https://bit.ly/1UsoXh4 ) says legislative leaders conducted interviews behind closed doors Wednesday. Republican Senate President Robert Stivers of Manchester and Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo of Prestonsburg declined to identify any of the candidates afterward.

Stivers and Stumbo say they plan to call a special meeting of legislative leaders to hire someone for the position. Legislative leaders hope to have someone in the position by Oct. 1. The General Assembly meets starting in January.

The LRC director oversees nonpartisan support staff for state lawmakers.

The interim LRC director, Marcia Seiler of Louisville, retired at the end of July.

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