Standoff over gay marriage licenses wears on, despite ruling

A familiar scene repeated itself at a rural Kentucky courthouse: a gay couple marched into the clerk’s office, requested a marriage license and insisted that a mounting pile of court orders proves they are entitled to one.


Then, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ office again turned them away Thursday morning. The standoff has now stretched into its second month.


The U.S. Supreme Court, which two months ago legalized gay marriage across the nation, will now be asked to consider whether Davis can cite her religious conviction and keep denying marriage licenses until her appeal is complete, a process that could drag on for months.


“It’s getting tedious. We get torn down, built back up, torn down, built back up,” said David Ermold. He and his partner, David Moore, have been rejected by Davis’ office twice. “It’s emotionally draining.”


Days after the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling, Davis announced that her Christian faith prevents her from sanctioning a gay marriage. She has since refused licenses to any couple, gay or straight.


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