Did Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear Get Calls, Voicemails Regarding the Same-Sex Marriage Appeal?
When Gov. Steve Beshear announced that he would split with Attorney General Jack Conway and appeal a federal judge's ruling requiring Kentucky to recognize same sex marriage, he upset marriage-equality proponents, who took to Twitter. They encouraged followers to call the governor's office at (502) 564-2611 and leave a message.
And so on. It's not just this issue. Those with interest in influencing the governor often say to call this line.
Please call Gov. Beshear and tell him not to chicken out on Monday's court hearing of Adams v. Beshear. 502-564-2611. Please share widely.— DavidAdamsinKY (@DavidAdamsinKY) June 13, 2013
Here is how people responded: On the day of the governor's appeal announcement, the governor's office says 196 people called in opposition to the appeal, while 35 called in support, either leaving messages or talking with a live person.But the contents of many of these messages may never be heard.The governor's office says when calls like this come in to the number, they're transferred to constituent services at extension 332. Any recordings or transcripts of those calls and messages would be public records and available to anyone. After the appeal was announced, WFPL filed the following open records request: