Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis requests marriage license appeals be dismissed

Published: Jun. 21, 2016 at 11:56 AM EDT
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Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses last year following a Supreme Court ruling has filed to drop her appeal on the 6th Circuit.

In Tuesday's filing, Davis says the appeal is no longer necessary because her name is no longer required on marriages under new Kentucky law.

Just two weeks before Davis' appeal is set for oral arguments, Kentucky Senate Bill 216 will take effect, modifying Kentucky law so that the county clerk's name will no longer have to appear on marriage licenses. Because of this, Davis has requested the court dismiss her appeals for 'lack of jurisdiction on mootness grounds."

Davis says the new state law accommodates her religious convictions by removing the county clerk's name from the Kentucky marriage license.

Davis spent five days in jail last fall after defying a Federal Judge's order to issue the marriage licenses.