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Jailed Kentucky clerk files appeal over gay marriage licences

Published 12/09/2015

Ms Davis was jailed for contempt of court after refusing to issue the licences on religious grounds
Ms Davis was jailed for contempt of court after refusing to issue the licences on religious grounds

A Kentucky county clerk who was recently jailed for denying same-sex couples marriage licences has filed an appeal that would allow her to continue blocking the licences.

Kim Davis filed the motion with the Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals.

She objects to gay marriage on religious grounds.

Ms Davis argues that all the same-sex couples who sued her for a license received one from her deputies while she was in jail, so her office should not be required to issue them to any more couples once she returns to work.

US district court judge David Bunning wrote that his mandate to issue licences applied to all couples, not only those who filed suit.

But Ms Davis' lawyers allege that order was issued improperly and again have asked for a delay.

Most officials across the country have started to issue marriage licences to gay couples after the Supreme Court in June effectively legalised gay marriage nationwide.

But Ms Davis refused and was declared to be in contempt of court and jailed for five days.

The appeals court has already dismissed Ms Davis' primary argument that her religious faith should exempt her from licensing a gay marriage.

If the court does not respond before Ms Davis returns to work on Monday, she will have to choose whether to allow her office to continue issuing licenses or again disobey the judge who already sent her to jail.

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