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Clerk allowed to continue denying licenses to same-sex couples

Around the U.S., most opponents of gay and lesbian marriage rights are complying with the Supreme Court decision. Some other objectors in Kentucky submitted to the legal authorities after Beshear told them to begin issuing licenses to same-sex couples, or resign.

Kim Davis is one of the last holdouts, and apparently the first to be challenged in federal court, putting her and tiny Rowan County in the middle of one of the country’s largest social upheavals.

Davis’ lawyers compare her to other religious objectors, such as a nurse being forced to perform an abortion, a non-combatant ordered to fire on an enemy soldier, or a state official forced to participate in a convicted prisoner’s execution.

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