FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -A Kentucky county clerk says she is unable to obey a federal judge’s order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because it would irreparably violate her conscience. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has refused to issue marriage licenses following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. Two gay couples and two straight couples sued her, and U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered her to issue the licenses.
But Davis has refused to obey that order even though it was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. She will appear in court Thursday as Bunning decides whether to punish Davis by imposing fines.
On Wednesday, Davis’ lawyers argued in a court document that Davis should not be punished because she is unable to comply with the order and because she still has an appeal pending before a federal appeals court on a related issue.
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