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