Will Kentucky clerk issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples?

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By: Claire Galofaro/Associated Press

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — Gay couples in a Kentucky county are expected at the courthouse door Tuesday morning after the Supreme Court ruled against a defiant clerk who has refused to hand out marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The court rejected Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ last-ditch appeal for a delay in her case Monday. On Tuesday morning, she’ll have to choose whether to issue marriage licenses, or continue to refuse them and risk being fined or even possibly jailed.

Davis stopped issuing licenses the day the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage. A federal judge ordered her to issue them, and an appeals court upheld that decision. Still, she’s turned away couples again and again.

The Supreme Court declined to intervene, leaving her no legal grounds to refuse.