FRANKFORT, Ky. — A Kentucky county clerk is again asking a judge to delay his ruling ordering her to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
U.S. District Judge David Bunning’s order has been upheld by a federal appeals court and the U.S. Supreme Court. But Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis continues to disobey it, saying she cannot do something that violates her religious beliefs.
Bunning has scheduled a hearing for Thursday. He could hold Davis in contempt of court, which could lead to fines or jail time.
But on Wednesday, Davis again asked Bunning to delay his order so she can appeal an earlier decision on a related issue. Davis had asked Bunning last month for an injunction against Gov. Steve Beshear for ordering her to issue the marriage licenses. Bunning refused to hear that motion.
By doing that, Davis’ attorneys argue that Bunning effectively denied their motion, which they have the right to appeal.
Davis’ attorneys asked Bunning to delay his order while they appeal to the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.