Kentucky county clerk ignores judge's order to issue marriage licenses, asks judge for delay mandate


By: Claire Galofaro and Adam Beam/Associated Press

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky clerk who defied a federal judge’s order to issue marriage licenses and turned away four gay couples has until Monday to convince the judge to delay his mandate.

U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning rejected Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ claim that her Christian faith should exempt her from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The judge ordered her on Wednesday to hand out the licenses, but her office has kept denying them.

The fight in this eastern Kentucky college town began soon after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in June. Davis was among a handful of clerks across the country to cite her Christian beliefs and declare she would no longer hand out licenses to any couples, gay or straight.