KY clerk won't issue marriage licenses to gays

Posted at 10:13 AM, Sep 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-14 12:13:47-04

A county clerk in Kentucky says she won't authorize marriage licenses for same-sex couples.

Kim Davis made a public statement before she returned to work Monday in Rowan County.

"I’m here before you with a seemingly impossible choice… my conscience or my freedom," Davis said.

She called on lawmakers to make changes.

"There is a real need for the legislature to address marriage laws," Davis stated.

Davis said she will not interfere with deputy clerks who choose to issues marriage licenses, but the licenses will not bear her signature or authorization.

At least one deputy clerk in Kentucky says he'll keep issuing marriage licenses despite Davis’ objections 

Davis, who believes gay marriage is a sin, became a hero to many conservative Christians after she stopped issuing marriage licenses following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that effectively legalized gay marriage.

She was jailed for five days after U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning found her in contempt of court for refusing his order to issue marriage licenses.

In Davis' absence, her deputy clerks have issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples.