Gay Kentucky couple receives marriage license, county clerk says she won't resign

Sep 4, 2015 8:05 AM by Cheryl Wengren

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) - A couple has arrived at a county clerk's office in Kentucky to obtain a marriage license. James Yates and William Smith Jr. arrived Friday morning in Rowan County holding hands. They then approached deputy clerk Brian Mason to fill out an application.

Rowan County clerk Kim Davis remains jailed after defying several court orders and refusing to issue marriage licenses, citing her opposition to gay marriage.

Five of Davis' deputy clerks said they would obey U.S. District Judge David Bunning's ruling and issue marriage licenses Friday morning. Bunning says Davis could remain in jail for at least a week as he gives her deputies time to comply with his order.

The husband of a Kentucky court clerk jailed for refusing to grant marriage licenses to gay couples says she won't resign and will stay in jail for as long as it takes.

Speaking to reporters Friday morning, Joe Davis, the husband of Rowan (ROW'-uhn) County Clerk Kim Davis, said she's in good spirits after spending the night in jail.

A federal district court judge jailed Kim Davis on Thursday for refusing to obey his order that she issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Davis, an Apostolic Christian, believes gay marriage is a sin.

But five of the six deputy works that work for Davis said they will issue the marriage licenses Friday. Joe Davis said he took the deputies out to dinner Thursday night and told them he was proud of them. He said they are only issuing the licenses because the judge is forcing them.


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