Letter: Clerk obeying law — state has jurisdiction

From: Martha Lewis


There are some people who need a refresher course in American history/government. According to Webster’s dictionary, jurisdiction is defined as the power, right or authority to interpret and apply the law.

Jurisdiction was given to each state to issue marriage licenses. The Constitution of Kentucky states marriage is between one man and one woman, not one man and two or three women, or one woman and two or three men, or one man and one man, or one woman and one woman.

The county clerks who would not sign the marriage licenses were obeying the laws of their state. The Supreme Court had no jurisdiction to make same-sex marriage legal in all states. You can find the history of marriage licenses on the Wikipedia website.