According to a notice filed, a deputy clerk in Kentucky is concerned that embattled Rowan County clerk Kim Davis has altered marriage license paperwork, raising questions over the validity of licenses issued in the county.
When the judge released her, he ordered her not to interfere with any of her deputies who assumed the duty of issuing the licenses. But in a notice filed in court Friday, the lawyer for one of her deputies said she made substantial modifications to the marriage licenses that could undermine their validity.
Richard Hughes, who represents deputy clerk Brian Mason, filed a notice in a Kentucky district court after being told that Davis confiscated the original forms this week and handed out an altered form that did not include her name and does not mention the county. Davis has said that any license issued with or without her name, is not valid unless she authorizes it. However, when she was released from jail she changed the marriage license forms to say they were being issued under the authority of the federal court. Davis’s attorney said this new form would solve the problem because gay couples would have a marriage license and Davis would have a clear conscience.
Mat Staver, Davis’ attorney and founder of the Liberty Counsel law firm, noted that Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said the altered forms were valid and would be recognized by the state. And he said the licenses Mason issued while Davis was in jail did not have Davis’ name on them, adding that Bunning said those licenses were valid.
“So there is no new development,” Staver said.
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