Court Rules against Clerk on Gay Marriage Licenses
A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling against a clerk in Kentucky's Rowan County who refused to issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples because of her religious beliefs.
The American Civil Liberties Union sued the clerk, Kim Davis, on behalf of four couples, two homosexual and two heterosexual.
Davis was ordered by U.S. District Judge David Bunning to issue the licenses, but she asked for a stay while the case was on appeal.
But a panel on the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the stay.
The judges determined that in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in June allowing same-sex marriage in all 50 states, there was "little or no likelihood that the clerk in her official capacity will prevail on appeal."
Davis's attorney said she is disappointed and may appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.