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Kentucky Governor Tells Clerk To Issue Gay-Marriage Licenses

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Posted at 7:48 PM, Jul 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-30 17:01:41-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky's governor has told a county court clerk he should either issue gay-marriage licenses or resign.

But Casey Davis, who has been elected, said he was standing firm and would not issue any licenses at all in Casey County.

Davis has been among some local officials in the U.S. who have cited religious objections in refusing to comply with a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage.

The American Civil Liberties Union has already sued Kentucky's Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis for refusing to issue marriage licenses. A federal judge has been scheduled to hear arguments in that case Monday.

Democratic Governor Steve Beshear, who fought to uphold the state's gay-marriage ban before the Supreme Court ruling, has now been urging all clerks to issue the licenses. 

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