Jailed Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Asks Court to Block Governor's Order

The Kentucky clerk jailed for her refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses continued her legal fight Monday, asking a federal appeals court to free her as she seeks ways around orders that she do her job despite her religious opposition to gay unions, NBC News reported.

Kim Davis has been incarcerated since Thursday, when U.S. District Judge David Bunning found her in contempt for continuing to block same-sex couples' attempts to obtain marriage licenses in her Rowan County office. An Apostolic Christian, Davis said authorizing such marriages, which the U.S. Supreme Court deemed legal in June, would violate her religious freedom.

On Sunday, Davis' lawyers appealed the contempt ruling – upheld by the Supreme Court — with the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. On Monday, the lawyers announced a parallel maneuver: they asked the appeals court to set Davis free while they fight Beshear for bureaucratic changes that would accommodate her religious opposition.

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