Judge Stays Order for Kentucky Clerk on Gay Marriage Licenses

A federal judge in Kentucky on Monday said he would give a county clerk time to appeal before her office needs to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, an act she has said would violate her religious beliefs.

U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning in his ruling said he was temporarily staying his order for the office of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis to resume issuing marriage licenses while the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati weighs her appeal.

“In recognition of the constitutional issues involved, and realizing that emotions are running high on both sides of the debate, the court finds it appropriate to temporarily stay this order pending review” of the appellate court, Bunning said in his ruling.

Davis, who has refused to issue any marriage licenses since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in late June legalizing gay marriage, had sought a complete stay of Bunning’s order for the office to resume its duties, but Bunning rejected that request on Monday, saying her appeal was not likely to succeed.