Judge orders defiant Kentucky clerk to jail; says deputy clerks must issue marriage licenses

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Kim Davis, the Rowan County Clerk of Courts, speaks to coworkers at the County Clerks Office on September 2, 2015 in Morehead, Kentucky. Citing a sincere religious objection, Davis, an Apostolic Christian, has refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in defiance of a Supreme Court ruling. (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)

ROWN COUNTY — A federal judge has ordered a defiant Kentucky clerk to jail after she refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

U.S. District Judge David Bunning told Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis she would be jailed until she complied with his order to issue the licenses. Davis said “thank you” before she was led out of the courtroom by a U.S. marshal. She was not in handcuffs.

The judge also decreied that deputy clerks who don’t issue marriage licenses could also receive fines or jailtimes.

Davis has refused to issue marriages licenses for two months since the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage. She argues that her Christian faith should exempt her from signing the licenses.

Hundreds of protesters gathered at the courthouse Thursday before the ruling.

A small plane flew over the courthouse, carrying a banner that said: “Stand Firm Kim.” On the courthouse sidewalk, gay marriage supporters shouted “love is not a sin” while at least three preachers with bullhorns called them sinners.

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