The latest on a Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses (all times local):
8:40 a.m.
After a defiant county clerk in Kentucky refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, law enforcement authorities have cleared out the office of the hundreds of people packed inside to support both sides of the issue.
The sheriff’s office in Rowan County told clerk Kim Davis’ supporters and gay rights activists to leave on Tuesday morning.
The two groups lined up on either side of the courthouse entrance to chant at each other.
David Ermold has been rejected by Davis’ office four times. He said: “I feel like I’ve been humiliated on such a national level.”
He hugged David Moore, his partner of 17 years. They cried as Davis’s supporters marched by shouting, “Stand firm.”
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to intervene in the case, leaving Davis no legal grounds to refuse to grant licenses. A district judge could now hold her in contempt, which can carry steep fines or jail time
The rejected couples’ supporters called the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed the lawsuit on their behalf. They asked that their attorneys file to have Davis held in contempt.
Randy Smith, leading the group supporting Davis, says he knows following their instruction to “stand firm” might mean Davis goes to jail on contempt charges.
He said: “But at the end of the day, we have to stand before God, which has higher authority than the Supreme Court.”
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8:20 a.m.
A county clerk in Kentucky who is continuing to deny marriage licenses to gay couples says she’s doing so “under God’s authority.”
Rowan County clerk Kim Davis emerged from her office Tuesday morning after some couples were denied the licenses. She asked David Moore and David Ermold, who’ve been rejected four times, to leave. They refused, surrounded by reporters and cameras.
Ermold said: “We’re not leaving until we have a license.”
Davis responded: “Then you’re going to have a long day.”
Davis’ supporters whooped from the back of the room: “Praise the Lord” and “stand your ground.”
Others shouted that Davis is a bigot and told her: “Do your job.”
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to intervene in the case, leaving Davis no legal grounds to refuse to grant licenses to gay couples. …Read More