Protesters wave a rainbow flag on the front lawn of the Rowan County Judicial Center, June 30, 2015, in Morehead, Kentucky. 
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Kentucky county clerk must issue marriage licenses: appeals court

A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday ruled that a Kentucky county clerk must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, turning down her request to stay a judge’s ruling that she said violated her religious beliefs.

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In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in June legalizing gay marriage nationwide, it could not be defensibly argued that Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ office may decline to act in conformity with the U.S. Constitution, the appeals court said.

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Kentucky County clerk refuses to license to gay couple

Kentucky couple David Ermold & David Moore were denied a marriage license in Rowan County because the county clerk said it was against her Christian beliefs. The couple joins MSNBC’s Alex Witt on NewsNation.

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Kentucky county clerk must issue marriage licenses: appeals court