A federal appeals court that upheld same-sex marriage bans is poised to weigh in on a new dispute over whether clerks can deny licenses altogether on religious grounds.
Lawyers for four same- and opposite sex couples on Sunday urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to reject a Kentucky county clerk's argument that she would suffer a "searing" injury to her religious liberty if the appeals court did not block a trial judge who ordered her to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses by the end of the month.
The couples want to force Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis to comply with Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's July 2 mandate that clerks must issue same-sex marriage licenses pursuant to the Supreme Court's ruling that same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional.
Davis, resisting the mandate, shut down all licensing services.
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