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Homophobic clerk’s office lets gay couples marry, while she sits in jail

Nick Duffy September 4, 2015
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Marriage licenses have been issued to same-sex couples by the deputies of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis – after she was jailed for contempt of court for refusing them.

Davis, the clerk for Rowan County, recently became a household name due to her attempts to flout the law by not issuing marriage licenses Рwhich is one of the primary functions of her job.

After she ignored successive rulings from courts ordering her to stop discriminating against same-sex couples, Davis – who has been married four times but claims “God” doesn’t want her letting gays marry – was jailed for contempt of court.

While Davis sits in jail, however, her clerks have today started issuing licenses to same-sex couples – making her entire tantrum entirely pointless.

William Smith Jr and James Yates, who had previously been denied by Davis, today returned to the Rowan County clerk’s office to request a license.

Without Davis there to stop them, the couple were this time successful, and left a short while later with a marriage license.

A separate couple who had been turned away four times by Ms Davis, April Miller and Karen Roberts, have also confirmed their plans to obtain a marriage license in Rowan County today.

Miller told AP that the couple plan to get their marriage licence and “show that piece of paper off for a minute or two”, before going home and having a quiet life together.

She said: “We look forward to [Friday] as a couple… It will be a very important day in our lives.”

Meanwhile, Davis will continue to sit in jail, having rejected a proposed deal that would see her freed if she agreed to allow her deputies to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

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