Appeals Court Dismisses Kim Davis' Suit Against Ky.

Apr 20, 2016

A federal appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis filed against the state for requiring her to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples that included her name.

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Davis refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, arguing it violated her religious beliefs. The American Civil Liberties Union sued her on behalf of two gay couples and two straight couples. A federal judge ordered Davis to issue the licenses. Davis sued then-Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and then-State Librarian Wayne Onkst, arguing the forms violated her religious beliefs.

Beshear left office in December. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin replaced him. Bevin signed an executive order removing the names of county clerks from marriage license forms. The court dismissed the case saying Davis is not experiencing irreparable harm.

The ACLU's lawsuit is still pending.