Boone Clerk Still Has Questions, but Marriage Licenses Resume at Office

Boone County Clerk Kenny Brown will resume issuing marriage licenses on Monday.

Brown halted issuance of all marriage licenses on Friday when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage was now legal nationwide. While Kenton and Campbell Counties moved swiftly to make changes to their existing licenses to accommodate same-sex couples, Boone County stopped handing out all marriage licenses.

Brown had previously gone on record in opposition of same-sex marriage and vowed to review all his legal options were the Supreme Court to rule in favor of gay couples seeking to wed.

Late Sunday night, after widespread criticism of his office's decision, Brown issued a statement indicating that the Boone County Clerk's office would resume issuing marriage licenses on Monday morning.

"This unprecedented ruling makes drastic changes to state marriage laws and creates many questions on multiple levels," Brown said in the statement. "The obvious question is how it affects current Kentucky statutes that govern the marriage process."

He said that the majority of those questions could not be answered on Friday but will need to be answered by the Attorney General or the General Assembly.

"For this reason, this week I will be issuing a formal request to the Kentucky Attorney General for an opinion on a list of the newly created legal questions," Brown said. "Realizing answers will not be available immediately, the Boone County Clerk's Office will resume issuing marriage licenses in accordance with the Supreme Court ruling at 8:30 a.m. on Monday."
-Staff report
Photo: Kenny Brown