Man sues to get license to marry Kentucky prison inmate

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — To get a Kentucky marriage license, Bradley Jones just has to bring his fiancee to the clerk’s office, but there’s a problem: She’s in prison and can’t make the trip.

Now the Louisville man is suing after he was denied a license to marry Kathryn Brooke Sauer, who’s scheduled for another decade behind bars on robbery and other charges.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports ( Jones filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against Shelby County Clerk Sue Carole Perry.

Perry has refused to issue the license, saying she believes the law prevents her from doing so unless both people come to her office.

Since Sauer can’t do that, the lawsuit says the in-person marriage application law infringes on Jones’ constitutional right to marry. It seeks to bar Perry from enforcing the law.


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