Kim Davis, the elected clerk of Rowan
County, Kentucky, has lost another legal round in her fight not to
issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian coupes.
Davis served five days in jail 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' lawyer, Mat Staver, chairman of
the Christian conservative Liberty Counsel, last week asked the Sixth
Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati to stay Bunning's order
because all of the plaintiff couples in a same-sex relationship were
issued marriage licenses by her deputies during her absence. The
appeals court denied the request on a technicality, saying that
Bunning must first consider the request.
Bunning on Wednesday denied the
“It would essentially allow her to
reinstate her 'no marriage licenses' policy during the pendency of
the appeal and likely violate the constitutional right of eligible
couples,” he wrote.
Staver called the move “a formality”
before he could return to the appeals court.
On Wednesday, Davis appeared on Fox
News, where she said that she would deny even her children marriage
licenses, if they were gay.