Kim Davis, the elected clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, on Thursday lost another legal round in her fight not to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

Davis served five days in jail last week for refusing to comply with U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning's ruling ordering her to issue marriage licenses to all qualified couples. Davis has said that issuing marriage licenses to gay couples would violate her conscience.

Davis asked the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati to stay the judge's order because all the plaintiff couples in a same-sex relationship were issued a marriage license by her deputies during her absence.

Bunning's order applies to all couples, not only plaintiffs. But lawyers with the Christian conservative Liberty Counsel who are representing Davis argue that Bunning improperly issued his order.

The appeals court dismissed Davis' request on a legal technicality, saying that her lawyers did not first make the request to Bunning before appealing to the higher court.