February 10, 2016 6:59 pm

Separate but equal? Kentucky considering 2 marriage licenses

In this Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, file photo, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis listens to a customer following her office's refusal to issue marriage licenses at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky.

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FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky lawmakers have proposed two marriage license forms, one designed for gay couples and another for straight couples.

One form would note the “bride” and “groom” while another form would note “first party” and “second party.” Bill sponsor Republican Sen. Stephen West of Paris said couples, both homosexual and heterosexual, could use either form. The forms would not include the name of the county clerk who issued the license and it would require couples to note their gender.

The proposal has been met with bipartisan support, coming five months after Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was jailed for refusing to issue licenses for same-sex marriages after the U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage.

But Democratic Sen. Morgan McGarvey of Louisville objected, calling it disparate treatment of gay couples.

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