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Supreme Court to Act on Kentucky Gay Marriage Fight

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    File photo: Gay and lesbian activists protest in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building on June 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The protest turned to celebration when the high court ruled that married gay and lesbian couples are entitled to federal benefits, making the ruling a major victory for the gay rights movement.

    The U.S. Supreme Court this week faces the first religious objection to reach the justices since the decision declaring a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, NBC News reported.

    A county clerk in Kentucky is asking for relief from a lower court order directing her to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. Her lawyers filed an emergency application directed to Justice Elena Kagan, who handles such requests from that part of the country.

    Kim Davis, the clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky, "holds an undisputed sincerely held religious belief that marriage is a union between a man and a woman, only," her lawyers say in their application.

    The requirement to issue same-sex marriage licenses "demands that she either fall in line or leave office."