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Kentucky clerk Kim Davis is obeying marriage license orders, federal judge rules

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Ed Adamczyk
Rowan County, Ky., Clerk Kim Davis attends President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on January 12, 2016. Tuesday a federal judge's ruling asserted she has obeyed orders to provide marriage licences to same-sex couples. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
Rowan County, Ky., Clerk Kim Davis attends President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on January 12, 2016. Tuesday a federal judge's ruling asserted she has obeyed orders to provide marriage licences to same-sex couples. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

ASHLAND, Ky., Feb. 10 (UPI) -- A federal judge ruled that Rowan County, Ky., Clerk Kim Davis has upheld the law in issuing marriage licenses without her name to same-sex couples.

U.S. District Judge David Brunning rendered moot a suit by the American Civil Liberties Union calling for Davis to re-issue licenses she had altered to remove her name. In his order, Bunning said Tuesday that Davis has permitted her deputies to issue the licenses, a practice legalizing the licenses by Gov. Mark Bevin's executive order, since September 2015, when she declined to have her name on the licenses.

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Davis cited her Christian beliefs in refusing to include her name on the licenses, and spent several days in jail as a result of her refusal.

"The Rowan County Clerk's Office is issuing marriage licenses to individuals eligible to marry as needed," Brunning wrote. "There has been no indication that Davis has continued to interfere with the issuance of marriage licenses since September 20, 2015."

The ruling also said "there is every reason to believe" licenses with deputy's names, but not that of Davis, "would be recognized as valid under Kentucky law, making re-issuance unnecessary." It added the federal court "will continue to monitor Davis and the Rowan County Clerk's Office to ensure compliance with its orders."

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