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Kentucky clerk jailed for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licences

A county clerk in Kentucky has been jailed for contempt of court, because she refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Kim Davis was taken into federal custody on September 3, after Judge David Bunning said that her appeal to conscience did not give her the right to violate the terms of her oath to carry out the law. “Oaths mean things,” the judge said.

The ordered Davis to be held until she agrees to issue marriage licences. He said that fines would not be sufficient to uphold the law, because her defiance might have a “ripple effect,” encouraging others to imitate her.

Judge Bunning was due to meet with Davis’s deputies later on Thursday, to hear whether they would obey the court’s order or join her in defiance.


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