In Kentucky, a Welcome Matt for Christians*

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Kentucky’s Matt Bevin isn’t the only one who won last Tuesday. With the election of a new governor comes another victory — for religious liberty. After watching outgoing Gov. Steve Beshear (D) trample upon the First Amendment freedoms of people like Kim Davis, conservatives everywhere are cheering the arrival of a leader unafraid of taking a stand for true tolerance. Barely a week after his come-from-behind win, Governor-elect Bevin wants Kentuckians to know that it’s a new day for men and women of faith.

After spending the last month emphasizing social values on the campaign trail, the new chief executive is making good on his promise to push back on the Left’s agenda of intimidation. One of Bevin’s first acts, he announced, would be making sure that what happened to Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis never happens again. “There’s a simple solution that would respect the rights of every Kentuckian,” he argued.

That will be quite a switch from his predecessor, who thought a reasonable solution for people who don’t support the redefinition of marriage is jail time. When Kim was finally released from her cell for requesting the simple accommodation of having her name removed from the licenses, Matt Bevin was one of the first people she saw. Like millions of Americans, he agrees that Christians should be able to live out their faith — at home or work — without worrying about behind hauled away in handcuffs. “One thing I will take care of right away is we will remove the names of the county clerks from the marriage form,” Bevin pledged.

Kentucky’s second Republican in 44 years will have that chance when he assumes office in December. “The argument that [it] can’t be done is baloney. We’ve already changed those forms three times for crying out loud. We will take the names off of those forms. We will do that by executive order. We will do it right out of the gate.” What a difference from Kentucky’s last administration, which refused to lift a finger to protect Americans’ most basic and fundamental liberty. “As governor,” Bevin vowed, “I will stand up for all Kentuckians, not just the ones who agree with me.” Let’s hope the rest of the country is watching when he does.

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Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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