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Same-Sex Couple Back to Court Against Kim Davis for Denied License

A federal appeals court revived a high-profile civil case against a county clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue a marriage license to a gay couple.

The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeal sent the case back to a trial judge, who had dismissed the complaint as moot after a state law removed clerks as signors on marriage certificates. Kim Davis, a Kentucky court clerk, had refused to issue a license to plaintiffs David Ermold and David Moore in 2015.

Davis refused on religious grounds, even after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage, choosing instead to spend five days in jail for contempt.