WKU Public Radio News Staff
Wed April 3, 2013
Inmates, Fiancés Sue to Get Marriage Licenses in Kentucky
The prospective brides of two Kentucky inmates are suing a clerk of court after he cancelled their marriage licenses because their fiancés couldn't appear in person to acquire the license.
Sara Hudson and Patricia Locke have each sued Bullitt County Clerk Kevin Mooney in federal court in Louisville, saying his actions have denied them the right to marry.
Both suits were brought with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky. They want a judge to lift the requirement of appearing in person to apply for the license. Hudson's fiancé is an inmate at the Kentucky State Reformatory. Locke is engaged to an inmate at Northpoint Training Center.
Mooney did not return a message seeking comment. In court records, Mooney said the rejections were based on legal advice.