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Kentucky Couples Sue Clerk For Refusing To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

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Four couples in Kentucky are suing a clerk who refused to issue them marriage licenses following the Supreme Court decision which legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

The lawsuit was brought about by the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky and filed on July 2 against Rowan County clerk Kim Davis, who denied two homosexual couples and two heterosexual couples marriage licenses, Time reported. 

Davis told the Associated Press that her Christian beliefs prevented her from issuing same-sex marriage licenses despite the ruling, so she ultimately decided not to issue any licenses to couples — gay or straight.

Davis is one of a number of clerks throughout the South who have defied the Supreme Court ruling and refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Many have argued that their right to religious freedom protects them from complying with the ruling.

“It’s a deep-rooted conviction; my conscience won’t allow me to do that,” Davis said on June 30. “It goes against everything I hold dear, everything sacred in my life.”

The lawsuit requests an injunction, which would force Davis to begin issuing marriage licenses. Claiming that Davis' actions are unconstitutional, the lawsuit also asks for punitive damages for the four couples.

Sources: Time, Insurance Journal

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