KY clerk Kim Davis defies court order; refuses to issue marriage licenses to gay couples

Fri. August 14, 2015 7:36 AM by Carlos Santoscoy

A day after a federal court ordered Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis to issue marriage licenses to all qualified couples, her office refused two gay couples.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Kentucky filed a lawsuit against Davis, the clerk of Rowan County, on behalf of five couples after she decided to stop issuing marriage licenses to all couples rather than serve gay couples.

Following the Supreme Court's ruling striking down marriage bans in all 50 states, Davis pledged never to issue a marriage licenses to a gay couple, saying it would be a violation of her Christian faith.

"It's a deep-rooted conviction; my conviction won't allow me to do that," Davis said. "It goes against everything I hold dear, everything sacred in my life."

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning ruled against Davis and ordered her to comply with the Supreme Court's decision.

Davis, who is represented by the Christian conservative Liberty Counsel, has said that she'll appeal the ruling.

According to the AP, Davis' office turned away two gay couples Thursday morning: James Yates and William Smith Jr. and David Moore and David Ermold.

"These people are cruel and this is wrong," Ermold said.

Outside the clerk's office, protesters held signs which read "Love won" and "Do your job."

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