When Republican businessman Matt Bevin ran for governor of Kentucky, he promised to make a number of budget cuts in order to help fix the commonwealth’s budget and salvage the huge deficit in the state’s pension plan. He also promised to change marriage licenses issued by county clerks and to end the commonwealth’s healthcare exchange program.
The heart of Kentucky’s Democratic political fortresses in Lexington and Louisville didn’t think Bevin stood a chance on beating out their candidate, Jack Conway, then Kentucky Attorney General. Since 1947, only 2 Republicans have won the governor’s mansion in this good old boy state prior to Bevin, who surprised the establishment and soundly defeated Conway, 511,771 votes to 426,944 votes for the Democratic candidate. The 52.5% to 43.8% victory was a message being shouted by the people of Kentucky that they are tired of doing things the same old Democratic way, which over the past 7 years has been a clone of Obama’s regime.
Within the first couple weeks of being sworn in as Kentucky’s 62nd Governor, Bevin started fulfilling some of his campaign promises. He ordered that marriage licenses be changed by removing the actual name and signature of the County Clerk. He did this in response to what happened with Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis who refused to issue or sign a marriage license for same sex couples.