The US clerk ordered by the Supreme Court to marry gay people still won’t marry gay people

Another refusal.
Another refusal.
Image: AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley
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Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis is determined not to grant any marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Today (Sep. 1) she defied an order from the US Supreme Court, once again refusing to provide the necessary documentation to gay people in her county who want to get married.

When asked under whose authority Davis was denying two men in Rowan County who came for a marriage license, she answered: “Under God’s authority.”

Davis stopped granting all marriage licenses when the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage on June 26. She argued that she should be excused from handing out licenses due to her Apostolic Christian beliefs, but a federal court rejected that reasoning. On Monday (Aug. 31), the US Supreme Court denied her a stay, effectively ruling that Davis had no grounds to refuse to issue the marriage documents.