A Kentucky county clerk asked a Supreme Court justice on Friday for an emergency order that would allow the clerk to deny marriage licenses for same-sex couples, a move coming two days after a federal appeals court rejected her request.
In a related move, a federal court judge refused to extend a stay beyond its Aug. 31 limit that allowed Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples as she argues that her religious beliefs override her duties as a public servant. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»
Despite the Supreme Court legalizing gay marriages in June, Kim Davis stood by her religious beliefs and refused to issue those couples marriage licenses on Thursday.
Davis, the Clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky, defied a federal judge’s order that stipulated Christian beliefs did not excuse officials obeying the law. It was a move that some legal experts believe is similar to the resistance over 50 years ago, when some local officials in the South defied the Supreme Court’s ruling to issue marriage licenses to interracial couples. ∞∞∞∞∞ CLICK HERE FOR MORE »»»»
MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday gave a Kentucky county clerk room to continue denying marriage licenses to gays and lesbians while she takes her religious objections case to a higher court.
U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis last week to issue licenses to two gay couples, and ruled Monday that she is not entitled to any more delays. But because “emotions are running high on both sides of this debate,” he also stayed his decision while she takes her case to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal.
Attorneys on both sides disagreed about the implications. Dan Canon, representing the gay couples, said Davis remains under the judge’s order. But Mat Staver, who represents Davis and is the founder of Florida-based Liberty Counsel, said the convoluted order essentially grants her request for more time. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»