It seems that even people like Kim Davis can’t be wrong all the time, as she has spoken out against a new law which would essentially “segregate” LGBT couples from their heterosexual counterparts.
This law, which is unsurprisingly backed by the Republicans, passed the Senate last month and would create separate marriage license forms for gay and straight couples.
How this would work is that the bill would strip the titles “bride/groom” from the licenses intended for same-sex couples, making it impossible for them to register as “bride and bride” or “groom and groom”. They would instead state the rather clinical terms of “1st party” and “2nd party”, but heterosexual couples would have the original wording on their marriage forms.
In a rather surprising move, Kim Davis actually spoke out against this segregation.
This is according to Senator Morgan McGarvey, who said: “I had no idea what to expect when discussing my proposed changes to the marriage license form with the vast majority of Kentucky’s clerks, especially when I noticed Mrs. Davis, the Rowan County Clerk, sitting in the audience. SB 5 calls for the creation of two separate marriage license forms: one with spaces for ‘bride’ and ‘groom’ and the other with lines designated ‘first party’ and ‘second party’.”
“I proposed reducing the headaches created by two forms by combing them into one form that allows the couple getting married to select whether they wish to be identified as the ‘bride’, ‘groom’, or ‘spouse’. My own reasoning is simple. One form is easier to handle, less expensive and puts everyone on equal footing. After passing out sample forms and answering a multitude of questions and hypothetical scenarios, Kentucky’s clerks seemed to agree that one form is how we should proceed.”
“Then Mrs Davis stood up to speak. We had never met and I had no idea what to expect. To my pleasure, and admittedly my surprise, Mrs Davis agreed with my amendment and my approach. In front of a room full of her colleagues she emotionally acknowledged her role in causing this debate but whole-heartedly endorsed my amendment.
“As Mrs Davis told the other clerks, they should support my amendment because using two forms just invites problems. I stood in stunned silence at the front of the room as Mrs Davis’ remarks seemed to cement the clerks’ opinions that we should use one form instead of two.”
“Unfortunately that is not where the story ends. The Senate did not feel the same way about my amendment as Mrs. Davis and the rest of Kentucky’s clerks. The [local newspaper] Courier’s website headline said, ‘Kim Davis marriage license bill clears Senate’. Ironically, the truth is that both Mrs. Davis and the Fairness Coalition opposed the bill as it finally passed.”
This bill is now headed to the state House, where it could face legal challenge before it passes. Let’s hope it doesn’t, as this is a rather sly attempt to make same-sex couples appear as second class couples in comparison to their heterosexual counterparts.