County clerks in Kentucky may soon have the legal right to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Republican Reps. David Meade and Stan Lee have sponsored a bill that would allow government employees to refuse to perform this portion of their job, if they claim marriage equality violates their religious beliefs,
reports the Associated Press
. The bill would also give added protections to religious leaders who decline to marry gay and lesbian couples. It will be voted on by the state legislature in early 2016.
"This proposal simply seeks to further protect religious freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment," Lee stated in a press release.
"It's a deep-rooted conviction; my conscience won't allow me to do that," Kim Davis said about her decision. "It goes against everything I hold dear, everything sacred in my life."
Davis made headlines recently after she did not issue a license to David V. Moore and his fiance, who visited her office with a copy of the
decision and the governor's order to comply with that ruling in hand. A video of the same-sex couple being met by police at the office
went viral earlier this month