FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky clerk who spent five days in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples has been voted the state’s top news story of 2015.
Gay rights activists rejoiced in June when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned four state bans on same-sex marriage, effectively legalizing gay weddings across the country for the first time.
But the biggest resistance to the court’s historic ruling did not come from a Republican presidential candidate or an evangelical pastor. It came from a soft-spoken Democrat in Morehead, Kentucky, who said her religious faith made it impossible for her to comply with the court’s ruling.
Kentucky’s No. 2 story was the surprising election of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, who returned to politics after being shunned by state party leaders for challenging U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in the 2014 primary.