Judge says Kentucky still must pay fees in gay marriage case

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A federal judge says Kentucky taxpayers still owe nearly $225,000 in legal fees and court costs to the couples who sued a county clerk for refusing to issue marriage licenses because of her opposition to same-sex marriage.

U.S. District Judge David Bunning had previously ruled in the couples’ favor in July. But Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin asked Bunning to reconsider. The Lexington Herald Leader reports Bunning denied Bevin’s request Oct. 23. Bunning wrote that Bevin fell “woefully short” of convincing him.

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Kim Davis released from jail

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GRAYSON, Ky. (AP) — After five days behind bars, county clerk Kim Davis was ordered released from jail Sept. 8 by the judge who locked her up for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

U.S. District Judge David Bunning lifted the contempt order against Davis, saying he was satisfied that her deputies are fulfilling their obligation to grant licenses to same-sex couples in her absence. But he warned Davis not to interfere with them.

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Republican presidential candidates show support for Kentucky clerk with jailhouse meetings

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Two Republican presidential candidates planned jailhouse meetings Sept. 8 with Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, raising her conservative-hero status as she remains behind bars over her refusal to give marriage licenses to gay couples.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz each said they would meet with Davis, who was jailed by a federal judge Sept. 3 after defying several court orders. Her lawyers spent Labor Day weekend filing appeals in an effort to force her release, but she remains there on a contempt charge.

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