Federal court denies Kim Davis’ request to be exempted from issuing same-sex marriage licenses

Kentucky clerk Kim Davis returns to work after being released from jail. (x)

Kentucky clerk Kim Davis returns to work after being released from jail. (x)

A federal appeals court denied Rowan County clerk Kim Davis’ request to be exempted from a gubernatorial directive to comply with the Supreme Court’s June ruling on same-sex marriage Tuesday.

According to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, “Davis has not demonstrated a substantial likelihood of success on her federal constitutional claims.”

“Good morning. I am here before you this morning as I return to work to say that I love my lord Jesus, I love all people, and I love my job,” Davis told reporters on Monday before returning to work. “I want to continue to serve all three as I tried to do until now….I’m no hero, I’m just a person who has been transformed by the grace of God.”

“Effective immediately, and until an access is provided by those with authority to provide it, any license issued by my office will not be issued by me,” Davis continued. “My deputy clerks do not have the authority to issue a license…Any unauthorized license that they will issue will not have my name on it, but they will say that they are issued pursuant to an authorized court order.”

Davis also took the time to plead with Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear for help. “I urge governor Beshear, the legislature, and the court to intervene,” she said. “They have the authority to provide these types of accommodations.”

Despite this, Governor Beshear announced that the marriage licenses are, in fact, valid.

Davis previously refused to comply with the Supreme Court’s June ruling on same-sex marriage, refusing to issue marriage licenses to couples. This led to a stint in prison, where she was released five days later.

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