Deputy Clerks Agree to Issue Marriage License to Gay Couples

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Ashland, KY, United States (4E) – Five of six deputy clerks of Rowan County, Kentucky told a judge Thursday they will comply with a court order to issue marriage license to gay couple after their boss was jailed for refusing to do so.

Only county clerk Kim Davis’ son, Nathan Davis, refused to comply, but U.S. District Judge David Bunning did not hold him in contempt as the other deputy clerks can do his job.

The deputy clerks’ decision came after Bunning ordered them to stand and tell him if they would comply with his order to issue marriage licenses or face their own contempt penalties. They reluctantly agreed to comply.

Bunning warned the deputy clerks that he like more refusals of service or a sign on the door Friday saying “Closed for computer repairs.”

“I do expect compliance,” the judge told the deputy clerks, according to Kentucky.com.

Meanwhile, the defiant Davis will remain in jail as she refused a compromise suggested by her lawyers. The lawyers asked the judge to release her since her deputies can issue marriage license anyway, satisfying his order.

Davis, however, told Bunning from her holding cell that she will not let her deputies issue marriage license to same-sex couples if she is released.

Bunning said Davis will remain at the Carter County jail for a week at least, while he reviews the operation and compliance of … MORE

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