MOREHEAD Camryn Colen and his wife Lexie told the world Saturday about the day Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis signed off on their marriage.
The couple entered the Rowan County Courthouse last February, two weeks after the birth of their daughter. Davis didn’t speak to them. None of the deputy clerks asked for Camryn Colen’s driver’s license. Lexie Colen handed over her birth certificate and identification. The couple received the paperwork and wed later that night.
Davis didn’t realize, said Camryn Colen, she’d signed off on the marriage of a transgender man and a pansexual woman.
“I saw Kim Davis, but I didn’t talk to her. We went in there just as any other straight couple would,” said Camryn Colen, 30. “That night we had an official do a tiny, little testimony.”
On Saturday, the Colens returned to the courthouse and rallied with other civil cights supporters in protest against the embattled county clerk. Davis has cited religious convictions and has refused to issue marriage licenses since June, despite the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.
“When we walked in to her office [in February],” said Camryn Colen, “she just saw two people in love.”
Colen was born a female named Cathy and he went by “Cat” for short. He knew he was different as a child growing up in Zanesville, Ohio. “I played with boys’ toys,” he said. “I was attracted to girls.”
After high school, Colen enlisted in the U.S. Army. He realized he wanted to transition to male while training, before he was deployed to Iraq.
After serving his time in the military, Colen said he “had to go through loopholes” with Veterans Affairs to receive the financial aid for the health care costs. Colen underwent multiple surgeries and when his name was legally changed in January of 2013, he legally became Camryn Colen.
He and Lexie Colen, who identifies as pansexual, were “close” before Colen’s transition. The couple left Ohio and moved to Rowan County last year because the area was “beautiful and quiet.” Lexie Colen had received a sperm donation and was pregnant when the couple moved.
Now the family is settled in Rowan County. Camryn Colen delivers pizza. Lexie Colen cares for the couple’s daughter, 6-month-old KaKoda Rae Colen. On Saturday, the Colens rallied for LGBTQ and civil rights.
“We’re not doing it for us. We’re married. That’s for us. We have a daughter. That’s for us. We’re doing it for the rest of the community,” he said.
“We’re going to prove to Kim Davis that she can’t judge a book by its cover.”