Kentucky clerk denies marriage licenses despite Supreme Court decision: reports

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Posted: Sep 01, 2015 8:31 AM

(Reuters) - A Kentucky county clerk on Tuesday rejected requests for marriage licenses for two same-sex couples despite a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court's against the clerk, according to media reports.

The top U.S. court on Monday turned down Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis' request for an emergency order allowing her to continue to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples while she appeals a federal judge's order requiring her to do so.

Davis' office rejected requests for marriage licenses for the first two same-sex couples to enter the courthouse on Tuesday, the Washington Post reported.

Her office could not immediately be reached for comment, but Kentucky Public Radio quoted Davis as saying on Tuesday that she made the decision to continue denying marriage licenses "under God's authority."

Davis has refused to issue any marriage licenses since the U.S. Supreme Court in June ruled that same-sex couples had the right to marry under the U.S. Constitution.

Davis contends that to approve marriage licenses for same-sex applicants would violate her deeply held religious belief that matrimony is between one man and one woman.

Eight people filed a federal lawsuit against Davis in July challenging her office's policy of not issuing marriage licenses to any couples – gay or straight. Gay couples requesting licenses have been turned away.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey and Suzannah Gonzales; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)