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Marriage licenses resume in Boone County

A marriage license picked up from the Boone County Clerk's office on Monday. (FOX19 NOW) A marriage license picked up from the Boone County Clerk's office on Monday. (FOX19 NOW)
BOONE COUNTY, KY (FOX19) -

Couples looking to get hitched in Boone County will be signing makeshift marriage licenses following the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage equality.

The “bride” and “groom” titles have been crossed out on the licenses and replaced with handwritten “first party” and “second party.”

County Clerk Kenny Brown ceased issuing marriage licenses on Friday, stating he needed to determine how the ruling fits in with Kentucky law. The office resumed issuing licenses, along with the crossed out titles, again on Monday.

“This unprecedented ruling makes drastic changes to state marriage laws and creates many questions and issues on multiple levels,” read a statement from Brown released on Sunday.

Brown said he'll submit a list of questions to the attorney general.

“The obvious question is how it affects current Kentucky statues that govern the marriage process,” said Brown.

On Friday, Gov. Steve Beshear ordered all Kentucky Court Clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The governor said clerks will be sent gender neutral forms along with instructions on how to use it.

He advised clerks to refer questions to their county attorneys, but said he knows they will respect the rule of law.

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