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U.S. clerk jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples

A Kentucky county clerk was put in jail Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. And after a full day in court, her two-month-old legal fight over the Supreme Court’s ruling to legalize same sex marriage ended, Reuters reports.

U.S. District Judge David Bunning claimed that he had no choice but to imprison Kim Davis, 49, after she said her “conscious will not allow” her to abide by the law. Davis told the judge that “God’s moral law” was clashing with her duties as a clerk. She added that someone cannot be “separated from something that’s in your heart and in your soul.”

Later, the judge tried to keep Davis out of jail. The judge dismissed her lawyer’s argument that deputy clerks can’t act against her authority, according to Fox News. He also made them declare their intentions.

Five of her six deputies pledged to issue the marriage licenses. However, attorneys for Davis said that she would deny them that authority, making the validity of the potential licenses of concern.Though the validity of the licenses is in question, it will be up to the couples to test their validity.

Bunning warned the deputies that they would be back in the court room if they refused to start issuing licenses on Friday. He said that he would hate to have to come back to court. Davis chose to go to jail instead of complying.

She broke down crying during her testimony and was led away by court marshals after the first hearing where Bunning held her in contempt. From then on, she communicated through her attorneys, according to Reuters.

Davis was being held in Grayson, KY at the Carter County Detention Center. Her son Nathan, the only deputy not to pledge to issue licenses, was not jailed.

Lesbian and gay couples vowed to be at Rowan County clerk’s office again on Friday. April Miller, who has been engaged to Karen Roberts for 11 years, said that they are going to the “courthouse tomorrow to get our marriage license and we’re very excited about that.”

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Meredith Rodefer

Meredith Rodefer is a freelance writer, who focuses on anything from lifestyle blogging to hard news, and dancer. Beyond Youth Independent, she has written for sites such as Natmonitor.com, CheekyChicago.com and FamilyFocusBlog.com.
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