Updated 05:44 AM EST, Thu, Feb 25, 2021

Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Loses Yet Again in Bid to Delay Marriage Licenses

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Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis has made waves online about her legal bid to exempt her office from giving marriage licenses to same-sex couples. However, according to Huffington Post, a federal appeals court reiterated on Tuesday that Davis "has not demonstrated a substantial likelihood of success" in her goal.

Just a day after Davis returned to work after defying a federal judge in issuing marriage licenses, the Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals shot down her request to delay issuance of said licenses, yet again.

Four couples sued Davis for refusing them marriage licenses, and she filed a counter lawsuit against Governor Steve Beshear for allegedly improperly instructing clerks to abide by the US Supreme Court's decision that legalized same-sex marriage. However, while the appeals court rejected her request to delay issuance of marriage licenses, they also declined to toss the appeal entirely.

Davis cited her Christian Faith and religious freedom to support her defiance of the series of court orders, and stood firm in her refusal to issue said marriage licenses. US District Judge David Bunning found her in contempt and proceeded on jailing her for five days, making Davis somewhat of a hero for those on the religious right.

The issue has been going round and round. As reported by ABC News, James Esseks, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Project noted that Davis "keeps asking the same question and getting the same answer from the courts -- that she has to do her job." He added, "Issuing marriage licenses doesn't mean she approves of those marriages, it just means she's doing the job she was elected to do."

Her lawyers argued, "As a prisoner of her conscience, Davis continues to request a simple accommodation and exemption from Gov. Beshear, who is overseeing Kentucky marriage policy."

Huffington Post noted that Davis's legal team has at least three appeals already pending in the 6th Circuit court: the first involves the lawsuit against Beshear, another challenging the ruling that sent her to jail for contempt of court, and the third the one challenging the merits of the August 12 order that told her to begin issuing marriage licenses to all couples.

As for the LGBT community, Mashable reported that a billboard-sized lesson was erected in Davis's hometown, citing a widely abandoned biblical practice to discredit those who use the Bible as a justification to fight same-sex marriage. The billboard read: "Dear Kim Davis, The fact that you can't sell your daughter for three goats and a cow means we've already redefined marriage."

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