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High Court Rebuffs Clerk Who Withheld Gay-Marriage Licenses (1)

Oct. 5, 2020, 2:06 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court let two gay couples press a lawsuit against Kim Davis, the former Kentucky county clerk who refused to abide by the 2015 high court ruling that legalized same-sex weddings nationwide.

The justices rejected an appeal from Davis, who drew national attention by halting all marriage licenses in Rowan County after the Supreme Court’s landmark Obergefell v. Hodges decision. Davis, who spent five days in jail later in 2015 after defying a court order against her, said putting her name on same-sex marriage licenses would have violated her deeply-held religious beliefs.

Kim Davis
Photographer: Ty Wright/Getty Images

Two of the dissenters in ...