Decision delayed in Kentucky clerk’s same-sex marriage case

Protesters gather on the front lawn of the Rowan County Judicial Center, Tuesday, June 30, 2015 to protest county clerk Kim Davis.

Protesters gather on the front lawn of the Rowan County Judicial Center, Tuesday, June 30, 2015 to protest county clerk Kim Davis. Timothy D. Easley, AP

Protesters gather on the front lawn of the Rowan County Judicial Center, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Morehead, Ky. The protest was being held against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who, due to the ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States and her own religious beliefs, has refused to issue any marriage licenses in the county. Timothy D. Easley, AP

Protesters gather on the front lawn of the Rowan County Judicial Center, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Morehead, Ky. The protest was being held against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who, due to the ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States and her own religious beliefs, has refused to issue any marriage licenses in the county.

ASHLAND, Ky. –— Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis stopped issuing marriage licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide last month. Two gay couples and two straight couples sued her, asking a judge to force her to issue marriage licenses.

Davis’ attorneys argued that because she has not been officially notified of the lawsuit, the court does not have jurisdiction over her. U.S. District Judge David Bunning allowed the hearing to continue, but later suspended it until after Davis has been properly notified.

The earliest the case could resume is next Monday, when Davis would be expected to testify.

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