Defying court order, Kentucky county clerk won't issue marriage license to gay couple

Kim Davis has argued that her deeply held Christian beliefs prevent her from issuing licenses to same-sex couples. After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled gay marriage bans unconstitutional, Davis stopped issuing licenses to any couple, gay or straight.

Five couples sued her, and U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning on Wednesday ordered her to comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling.

He wrote that her refusal “likely violated the constitutional rights of her constituents.”

Ermold, in a tearful plea, called her actions “cruel” and said they were representative of the continued discrimination faced by gay couples.