The Kentucky county clerk who was jailed after refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples turned down a deal that would have allowed her to be released. Kim Davis was ordered to jail Thursday after a federal judge found her in contempt for refusal to issue marriage licenses. She stopped issuing marriage licenses — for all couples — after the Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage in June. She was elected to the post in November; her mother was the county clerk for nearly 40 years before her.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.