Kentucky Clerk Defies US Court, Won’t Issue Gay Marriage License

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A local court clerk in Kentucky has again refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite a recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court ordering her to do so.

Local media reports that the office of Kim Davis, the elected court clerk in Kentucky’s Rowan County, refused licenses to two same-sex couples Tuesday.

Davis told the couples that her office would not be issuing licenses today. When asked by one couple under whose authority the decision was made, she replied “under God’s authority.”

Davis stopped issuing marriage licenses to all couples in the county in the wake of the court’s decision in June that legalized same-sex marriages across the nation.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan issued a ruling Monday against an emergency application filed by lawyers for Davis.

Her attorneys told the Supreme Court “this searing act of validation would forever echo in her conscience,” if Davis were forced to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

A federal judge ordered Davis last month to issue marriage licenses to all eligible couples after four couples — two same-sex couples and two opposite-sex couples — filed a lawsuit against her, and an appeals court upheld the lower court’s ruling.

The lower court judge issued a temporary hold on his ruling that expired Monday.

If Davis continues to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, she could face heavy fines or jail time.

Meanwhile, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is deciding whether to appoint a special prosecutor to determine whether Davis should face a charge of official misconduct for her actions.

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