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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