The Courier-Mail

Anti-gay official in jail appeal


LEXINGTON, Kentucky: A county clerk has appealed a decision to put her in jail for refusing to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples.

Kim Davis objects to samesex marriage for religious reasons and stopped issuing all marriage licences in June after the US Supreme Court legalised gay marriage nationwide. Two gay couples and two straight couples sued her.

US District Judge David Bunning ordered Davis to issue the licences and the Supreme Court upheld his ruling.

But Davis refused to do it, saying she could not betray her conscience.

Judge Bunning indicated Davis would be in jail at least a week. She could stay longer if she refused to obey the order.

Judge Bunning had offered to release Davis if she promised not to interfere with her deputy clerks as they issued the licences. But Davis refused.

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