FROM Allison Connelly
Kentucky County Clerk Defies Marriage Law A standoff over gay marriage in Kentucky has kicked up a notch. Today, the elected county clerk of Rowan County, Kim Davis, refused yet again to issue marriage licenses to several gay couples. She's citing "God's authority." This came just hours after the US Supreme Court declined to excuse her from her sworn duty. Now, lawyers for the couples are asking a federal judge to hold her in contempt of court. Allison Connelly has been watching this conflict. She's a professor of law at the University of Kentucky and director of its legal clinic.
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