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Jailed Kentucky clerk Kim Davis files appeal for freedom

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Amy R. Connolly
Lawyers for Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk jailed for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses, have asked an appeals court to expedite her case. Photo: Carter County Detention Center
Lawyers for Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk jailed for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses, have asked an appeals court to expedite her case. Photo: Carter County Detention Center

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refuses to issue same-sex marriage licenses due to her religious convictions, appealed a judge's ruling that sent her to jail.

As Davis entered her fifth day in jail Sunday, the Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit working on her behalf, asked the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to expedite the appeal and set the contempt order aside, allowing her freedom.

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"Mrs. Davis is entitled to proper notice and due process when she is threatened with the loss of her freedom. There was no indication that she would be incarcerated. We will be presenting our arguments on appeal and asking for an expedited ruling," her attorney, Mat Staver, said in a statement.

The Rowan County clerk has been in jail since Thursday, when U.S. District Judge David Bunning found her in contempt for repeatedly refusing to issue marriage licenses to anyone, gay or straight, and not allowing her deputies to distribute them for her. Bunning said she will remain in jail until she complies.

Five of her deputies began issuing marriage licenses Friday in her absence, but questions remain if they are legal without her signature.

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