Kentucky Governor-elect Matt Bevin on Friday vowed he would issue an executive order to remove the names of county clerks from marriage licenses.

Bevin, a Republican who was elected on November 3, becomes governor on December 8.

“One thing I will take care of right away, we will remove the names of county clerks from the marriage forms,” Bevin said during his first news conference as governor-elect. “That is going to be done. The argument that that cannot be done is baloney.”

Governor Steve Beshear, a Democrat opposed to marriage equality, has previously dismissed calls to issue such an order, saying that it was outside his authority. He's said that the issue could be addressed when lawmakers reconvene in January.

Kim Davis, the elected clerk of Rowan County, had repeatedly urged Beshear to remove clerk names from marriage licenses. Davis served five days in jail for refusing to comply with a judge's ruling ordering her to issue marriage licenses to all qualified couples. She said that issuing such licenses would violate her conscience.

Davis' lawyer, Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, cheered Bevin's pledge in a statement.

“Kim Davis and Liberty Counsel applaud Governor Elect Matt Bevin for his leadership in protecting the rights of conscience of all County Clerks. It is refreshing to have someone with the integrity, character, and concern of Matt Bevin leading the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Gov. Steve Beshear could have resolved this marriage license issue a long time ago, but he chose to ignore the plea for help. Gov. Elect Bevin’s impending executive order is a welcome relief for Kim Davis and should be for everyone who cherishes religious freedom,” he wrote.