Same-sex couple asks judge to hold Ky. clerk in contempt after denying marriage license

A same-sex couple who was denied a marriage license on Tuesday has asked a U.S. judge to hold a Kentucky county clerk in contempt of court, according to a court filing.

A same-sex couple who was denied a marriage license on Tuesday has asked a U.S. judge to hold a Kentucky county clerk in contempt of court, according to a court filing.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, defying a June U.S. Supreme Court decision recognizing a constitutional right to gay marriage, rejected requests for marriage licenses from same-sex couples on Tuesday, attorneys for the couples said.

The top U.S. court on Monday turned down Davis' request for an emergency order allowing her to continue to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples while she appeals a federal judge's order requiring her to do so.

Davis' office rejected requests for marriage licenses for the first two same-sex couples to enter the courthouse on Tuesday, the Washington Post reported.

Her office could not immediately be reached for comment, but Kentucky Public Radio quoted Davis as saying on Tuesday that she made the decision to continue denying marriage licenses "under God's authority."

Davis has refused to issue any marriage licenses since the U.S. Supreme Court in June ruled that same-sex couples had the right to marry under the U.S. Constitution.

Davis contends that to approve marriage licenses for same-sex applicants would violate her deeply held religious belief that matrimony is between one man and one woman.

Eight people filed a federal lawsuit against Davis in July challenging her office's policy of not issuing marriage licenses to any couples – gay or straight. Gay couples requesting licenses have been turned away.