Here We Go: Pastors Voice Disappointment After Failure to Meet With Ky. Gov. About Clerk Kim Davis, Concern That Churches Could be Forced to Perform Same-Sex Weddings

Rev. Randy Smith spoke during a protest in support of Kim Davis outside the Carter County Detention Center in Grayson, Ky. Sept. 5, 2015 (Photo: James Crisp; Special to the CJ)
Rev. Randy Smith spoke during a protest in support of Kim Davis outside the Carter County Detention Center in Grayson, Ky. Sept. 5, 2015
(Photo: James Crisp; Special to the CJ)

A small group of pastors who support Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis left disappointed from the State Capitol on Tuesday after seeking a meeting with the governor.

The group had attempted to meet with Gov. Steve Beshear, but spoke instead with the governor’s chief of staff, Larry Bond, for more than an hour.

They are urging Beshear to call a special session so that lawmakers can enact accommodations for religious county clerks who refuse to provide marriage licenses for same-sex couples.

The Rev. Randy Smith, a spokesman for the group, said pastors were not pleased with the response.

“It’s the same rhetoric,” he said. “It’s the same thing we’ve heard.”

Beshear has repeatedly said he would not spend taxpayer money to call the legislature into special session when the issue could be addressed in next year’s General Assembly.

Beshear spokesman Terry Sebastian said the governor was in another meeting and could not attend Tuesday. He said Bond told the group that the governor has no legal authority to relieve county clerks of their statutory duties through an executive order.

“The General Assembly will convene in just 12 weeks and can make any statutory changes it deems necessary at that time,” Sebastian said.

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SOURCE: USA Today / The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal – Mike Wynn