“One thing I will take care of right away is we will remove the names of the county clerks from the marriage form,” Bevin told reporters in the Capitol rotunda.

Bevin, only the second Republican elected governor in Kentucky since 1971, said he would make the change by executive order.

It is unclear what impact his order would have on the case of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who was jailed for five days after refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, making Kentucky a focal point in the long-running debate over gay marriage in the United States. Davis met with Bevin the day she was released from jail.