Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear.
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear

In response to the United States Supreme Court’s historic ruling saying state bans of same-sex marriages are unconstitutional on Friday, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear ordered county clerks throughout the commonwealth to begin recognizing all same-sex marriages performed in other states and to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples who seek them.

As of just after 1 p.m. on Friday afternoon, the Jefferson County Clerk’s office had begun issuing new, gender-neutral marriage licenses.

“As elected officials, each of us has taken an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Kentucky,” Beshear wrote in his letter ordering the changes. “The Obergefell decision makes plain that the Constitution requires that Kentucky — and all states – must license and recognize the marriages of same-sex couples. Neither your oath nor the Supreme Court dictates what you must believe. But as elected officials, they do prescribe how we must act.”

Read the full order here:

Kentucky County Clerks 06.26.15

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