Rowan Co. clerk still refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses

ROWAN CO., Ky. (WHAS11) -- Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is still refusing to issue marriage licenses, despite another court order to do so. 

On Friday more couples are likely to show up to try and get a license. 

Her attorney is saying not so fast. Davis is saying it's against her religious beliefs to issue same-sex marriage licenses and she plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene.

After refusing licenses on Thursday, Davis posted a sign on the door to the clerk's office that said it was closed for "computer upgrades."

The controversy has spilled over into the race for Kentucky governor.

"The law couldn't be more clearer. Now if the legislature wants to come back and change our state's statutes to some degree in a narrowly tailored way to allow for religious objections, I understand that. What we can't do is we can't allow for delays in a constitutionally guaranteed right that's now been declared by the Supreme Court," Jack Conway (D), Attorney General, said. 

Republican candidate for Governor Matt Bevin was there and said Governor Steve Beshear can find a way to issue the licenses by law and still protect the clerks' religious freedom.

William Smith Jr. and James Yates hoped for a summer wedding. This is their third time trying to get a marriage license in Rowan County.  


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