The Rowan County Attorney's Office has referred a misconduct charge against County Clerk Kim Davis to the Kentucky Attorney's General Office.

Davis is among the handful of Kentucky clerks who are defying the Supreme Court's June ruling striking down gay marriage bans in all 50 states.

After Davis stopped issuing marriage licenses to all couples, four couples filed a lawsuit. On Wednesday, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals denied Davis' request for a stay of a judge's ruling ordering her to comply with the Supreme Court's decision. In denying Davis' request, the court said that she was unlikely to prevail.

On Thursday, Davis' office turned away a gay couple seeking a marriage license.

The Rowan County Attorney's Office said in a statement Friday that it is prohibited from prosecuting Davis because it is involved in current litigation with the clerk.

“Kentucky state government is the only entity that can move to have Kim Davis removed as Rowan County Clerk,” the release states.

Also on Friday, Davis turned to the Supreme Court, asking Justice Elena Kagan to stay the judge's order as she purses an appeal.