Marriage ruling for Kentucky clerk expires Aug. 31

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, right, walks with her attorney Roger Gannam.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, right, walks with her attorney Roger Gannam. AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, right, walks with her attorney Roger Gannam.AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, right, walks with her attorney Roger Gannam.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge clarified on Wednesday that his decision to let a Kentucky county clerk continue not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples will expire on Aug. 31.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis stopped issuing all marriage licenses in June after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage. Davis said it would violate her religious beliefs to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple.

Two gay couples and two straight couples sued her. Last week, U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered Davis to issue the licenses. On Monday, Bunning agreed to give Davis more time to appeal his decision to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Bunning decided Wednesday to add a deadline to his decision after reviewing federal rules of appellate procedure.

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