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Kim Davis’ lawyers say altered marriage licenses are valid

Kim Davis’ lawyers say altered marriage licenses are valid
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Lawyers for Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis say the altered marriage licenses she issued to same-sex couples are valid because they have been recognized by Kentucky’s highest elected officials.

Davis spent five days in jail for refusing a federal judge’s order to issue the licenses. She changed the licenses once she got out of jail to remove her name and office, putting in their place that the licenses were issued by federal court order.

Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union had asked a judge to order Davis to reissue the licenses. If she refused, they asked the judge to fine her or appoint someone else to do it. Davis’ lawyers said Tuesday in a new court filing that the request is without merit because Kentucky’s governor and attorney general have said the licenses are valid.

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