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Marriage license stalemate: Clerk once again asks judge to stay decision

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis

FRANKFORT, Ky. — A Kentucky county clerk reiterated to a federal judge on Friday that he should stay his ruling ordering her to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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

Two gay couples and two straight couples sued Davis, and Wednesday U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered Davis to issue the licenses. Davis immediately appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and asked Bunning to stay his ruling while the appeal is pending.

The plaintiffs responded and urged Bunning not to stay his order. Bunning had given Davis until Monday to respond before making a decision.

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