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Judge Orders Kentucky Clerk to Jail for Refusing to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

KY clerkA federal judge in Kentucky has ordered Rowan County clerk Kim Davis to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses, including to same-sex couples.

Davis, who was found in contempt of court by U.S. District Judge David Bunning, has been the center of controversy recently for citing her religious beliefs in refusing issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples — or any couples, for that matter — after the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states.

David Moore and David Ermold, two Kentuckians who went viral in July for posting a video of Davis refusing to issue them a marriage license, have been denied a license four times. The Supreme Court on Monday denied Davis’ injunction request for an exemption to the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling. Davis, an elected official, was summoned to court on Tuesday.

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee praised Davis for “standing strong for religious liberty.” Appearing on CNN after Thursday’s news broke, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul echoed the former Arkansas governor.

UPDATE — 3:30 p.m. ET: All of Davis’ deputy clerks have agreed to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, except for Davis’ son.

UPDATE — 8:01 p.m. ET: Davis’ booking photo has been released:

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