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Same-sex couples will try to get marriage licenses as Kentucky clerk sits in jail for contempt

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ASHLAND, Kentucky — Same-sex couples will return to the Rowan County Courthouse in Kentucky on Friday for the fifth time since June to ask for a marriage license.

PHOTO: Al Black of Proctorville, Ohio,  sits in protest in front of the Carl D. Perkins Federal Building in Ashland, Ky., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. Black, a supporter of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, was waiting for her arrival as she was ordered to appear in Federal Court to explain why she is refusing to issue marriage licenses despite a federal order to do so. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
Al Black of Proctorville, Ohio, sits in protest in front of the Carl D. Perkins Federal Building in Ashland, Ky., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. Black, a supporter of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, was waiting for her arrival as she was ordered to appear in Federal Court to explain why she is refusing to issue marriage licenses despite a federal order to do so. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Only this time, Kim Davis won't be there to stop them. The county clerk will be in a Carter County jail cell for refusing to obey a judge's order that she issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Davis said her Christian beliefs prevent her from issuing the licenses because she believes gay marriage is a sin.

Five of Davis' deputy clerks said they would obey U.S. District Judge David Bunning's ruling and issue marriage licenses Friday morning. Bunning says Davis could remain in jail for at least a week as he gives her deputies time to comply with his order.

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PHOTO: A federal judge has ordered a defiant Kentucky clerk to jail after she refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. (Sept. 3)
A federal judge has ordered a defiant Kentucky clerk to jail after she refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. (Sept. 3) PHOTO: Crowds gathered in front of  a Kentucky courthouse Thursday where a county clerk made an appearance after being ordered held in contempt of court for refusing to issue marriage licences to gay couples on religious grounds. (Sept. 3)
Crowds gathered in front of a Kentucky courthouse Thursday where a county clerk made an appearance after being ordered held in contempt of court for refusing to issue marriage licences to gay couples on religious grounds. (Sept. 3)
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