In Kentucky, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis' office denied a same-sex couple a marriage license for the third time on Aug. 27, in clear defiance of a court ruling (video below).
In this latest ruling, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals said on Aug. 26 that Davis could not deny marriage licenses while her case continues to work its way up to the U.S. Supreme Court because there is "little or no likelihood that (Davis) in her official capacity will prevail on appeal."
Davis has refused to issue any marriage licenses -- based on what she says are her deeply-held Christian beliefs -- since the U.S. Supreme Court voted to legalize same-sex marriage.
A deputy clerk in Davis' office told James Yates and William Smith Jr. on Aug. 27 that he was ordered to turn them away, reports The Courier-Journal.
"They don't like gays, they don't want them to get married, and they will burn the earth and not let straight people in Rowan County get married either," Yates said outside the Rowan County Courthouse, according to The Courier-Journal.
"That's the most important thing to them," he added. "That's the most important thing."
Yates and Smith plan to try again next week.
Rowan County Deputy Clerk Nathan Davis told The Associated Press on Aug. 13 that the entire office was told by the Liberty Counsel, a Christian law firm representing Kim Davis, to not issue marriage licenses while the Liberty Counsel appealed to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, which it did, and lost.
The Liberty Counsel has no legal authority over any Kentucky state or local government offices.
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