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Clarence Thomas

Decision delayed in Kentucky clerk's same-sex marriage case

A federal judge has delayed a decision on whether a local official in Kentucky can use her religious beliefs to justify not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis stopped issuing marriage licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide last month, prompting a flood of both protests and support in this tiny Kentucky county that is home to Morehead State University. The lawsuit is the first of its kind in the country and could serve as a harbinger for dozens of other local officials across the country seeking to test the limits of the Supreme Court's historic ruling. But U.S. District Judge David Bunning suspended the...