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WATCH: Kim Davis Has Competition From Another Antigay Ky. Clerk

WATCH: Kim Davis Has Competition From Another Antigay Ky. Clerk

Kay Schwartz

Move over, Kim Davis. Whitley County's clerk says marriage licenses in her district are only for opposite-sex couples.

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Kim Davis may be the most famous antigay county clerk in Kentucky, but she's certainly not the only one.

Kay Schwartz told Lexington TV station WYMT that marriage licenses in Whitley County are only for couples featuring a "bride and groom" -- and she's therefore refusing to provide the same services to same-sex couples.

In addition to Davis in Rowan County and Schwartz in Whitley County, there is a third county clerk who is still defying direct orders from the governor and the U.S. Supreme Court's June ruling mandating nationwide marriage equality. He is Casey County clerk Casey Davis (no relation to Kim Davis), and neither he nor Schwartz have been sued, thus far.

But as WYMT reported, that could change. Heather L. Weaver, senior staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union's program on freedom of religion and belief, told the station:

"Ms. Schwartz's plan to discriminate against same-sex couples blatantly violates the law. As a County Clerk, she must issue marriage licenses to all couples on equal terms. We are closely monitoring the situation..."

Back in July, a rally was held in Williamsburg, Ky., in support of Schwartz, during which the county clerk made no secret of her thoughts on marriage equality. "I would love to see it banned, but like I said, they have their right to their belief," said Schwartz according to WYMT. "I have my right to my belief. So whatever they can do to take it away from my office, then so be it."

Watch WYMT's report below on Schwartz:

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