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Judge Orders Kentucky Clerk To Issue Gay Marriage Licenses

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Posted at 8:03 PM, Aug 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 16:40:04-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- A federal judge has ordered a Kentucky county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same sex-couples.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was one of a handful of local elected officials across the country that stopped issuing marriage licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in June.

She said issuing a marriage license to a gay couple violated her Christian beliefs and argued the U.S. Constitution protected her religious freedoms.

Two gay couples and two straight couples in Rowan County sued her, asking a federal judge to order her to issue marriage licenses.

U.S. District Judge David Bunning ruled Wednesday the couples should not be forced to travel to another county to get a marriage licenses. He said Davis should perform her assigned duties. 

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