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A gay man who was denied a marriage license by a Kentucky county clerk says he is seriously considering running against her for re-election in 2018.

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A Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples has taken her crusade to Romania.

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Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ refusal to issue marriage licenses during the summer of 2015 will cost Kentucky taxpayers $224,000. 

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A preliminary hearing for the lawsuit against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was held in Ashland Monday, but there was no ruling. Davis stopped issuing marriage licenses after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, saying her religious convictions prevented her from doing so. 

States cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions, the Supreme Court says in a ruling that for months has been the focus of speculation. The decision was 5-4.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, seen as a pivotal swing vote in the case, wrote the majority opinion. All four justices who voted against the ruling wrote their own dissenting opinions: Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

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New polling shows opposition to same sex marriage is growing among Kentucky voters.

According to the most recent Bluegrass Poll, 57 percent of the registered voters surveyed earlier this month said they don’t support same sex marriage. That’s compared to 50 percent last summer.

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As Alabama becomes the most recent state to issue same sex marriages, some lawmakers there are decrying a federal judge’s decision to strike down the ban and the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to intervene. Kentucky, another largely conservative state, may receive a final decision on its gay marriage ban this summer. The impending decision has some public officials reexamining their role as marriage officiants.


Update 8 p.m.: What's Next

Dan Canon, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said the plaintiffs on Thursday were considering their next move—and there will be a next move.

"We are disappointed, and we think the ruling is wrong, but we do not intend to let it go unchallenged," Canon said in an emailed response to questions.

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In a brief filed in court, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says same sex marriage would hurt the economy by not producing children. Meanwhile, supporters of same-sex marriage say their opponents are running out of ideas.

A coalition of clergy members and faith leaders has sent a letter to Illinois House members encouraging them to support gay marriage.

The letter has more than 300 signatures. It says allowing same-sex couples to marry is "morally just."

The Illinois General Assembly returns to Springfield this week and supporters of gay marriage hope the House will take up the bill, which passed in the Illinois Senate on Valentine's Day.

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