Trans Man And Wife Get Marriage License From KY Anti-Gay Marriage Clerk

August 31, 2015 4:58 p.m.

A local clerk in Kentucky currently fighting a court battle to deny gay couples marriage licenses inadvertently granted a marriage license to a transgender man and his wife last February, the couple said.

Camryn Colen, who decided to transition in 2010, and his wife Alexis Colen, told the Courier-Journal that they had no issue getting the license when they applied for it in February. They said that Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis had advised her staff to process the paperwork without requesting to look at Camryn’s birth certificate, which still lists him as female.

“She saw just a straight couple in love, and she should see everybody like that,” Camryn said. “She shouldn’t just see straight couples like that.”

Since the Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage legal nationwide, Davis has stopped granting marriage licenses to all couples — gay or straight — because she says granting them to same-sex couples violates her faith.

A group of straight and couples in Rowan sued Davis in July, arguing that her refusal to grant marriage licenses violated their constitutional rights. A federal district judge agreed and ruled that Davis begin issuing the licenses to all couples seeking them. Davis defied the order and is now asking the Supreme Court to grant her a temporary injunction while appeals the district court ruling.

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