Plaintiff: License would validate gay marriage

Edgar Orea, right, preaches to a group of same sex marriage supporters that have gathered outside the Carl D. Perkins Federal Building in Ashland, Ky., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. Hundreds gathered awaiting the arrival of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis who has been ordered to appear in federal court to explain why she is refusing to issue marriage licenses despite a federal order to do so.

Edgar Orea, right, preaches to a group of same sex marriage supporters that have gathered outside the Carl D. Perkins Federal Building in Ashland, Ky., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. Hundreds gathered awaiting the arrival of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis who has been ordered to appear in federal court to explain why she is refusing to issue marriage licenses despite a federal order to do so. AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

Edgar Orea, right, preaches to a group of same sex marriage supporters that have gathered outside the Carl D. Perkins Federal Building in Ashland, Ky., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. Hundreds gathered awaiting the arrival of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis who has been ordered to appear in federal court to explain why she is refusing to issue marriage licenses despite a federal order to do so.

ASHLAND, Ky. — One of the plaintiffs in the gay marriage case in Kentucky testified that she actually voted for the clerk who has refused to hand out marriage licenses.

April Miller, a professor at Morehead State, said the past two months have been pretty demoralizing for her and her partner. She was asked during a court hearing Thursday whether a license would validate her marriage.

“Yeah, that’s what marriage is about – to show other people you are in a long-term relationship,” she said. “It is legitimized.”

She says when she went to get a license Tuesday, a deputy clerk told her she could go to a different county. Miller says that was kind of saying “we don’t want gays or lesbians here. We don’t think you are valuable.”

A judge jailed Rowan County clerk Kim Davis on Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses.

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