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Man rides 460 miles against same-sex marriage

PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) -

After weeks of legal battles, Rowan County, Kentucky began issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples on Friday.

The county’s clerk, Kim Davis, forbade the licenses, and was sent to jail for doing so.

Friday also ended an eight day, 461 mile bike ride meant to spread word of one man's support for Kim Davis.

A crowd of more than 100 people gave Casey Co. Clerk Casey Davis (no blood relation to Kim Davis) a round of applause when he arrived in a park near downtown Paducah on Friday.

Most of the people who listened to the short speech he gave upon arrival seemed by their reactions to be Davis supporters.

Davis touched on Christian beliefs and ideals, and said he believes the Supreme Court’s late June decision ignored the views of many U.S. citizens.

 “In 2004, this state voted more than 70 percent that marriage was between a man and a woman.” Davis explained.

Supporter David Baugus said he came out to keep his voice alive.

“It’s time I think the American public stand up and be heard.” Baugus said.

The U.S. Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage for all states in late June of 2015.

Paducah Rev. Robert Courtney is a supporter of homosexual marriage and equality, and said the supreme court decision should be respected by Kim Davis, and her supporters.

“At this point, the supreme court has spoken.” Courtney explained, “she is being an obstructionist in my opinion.”

KY governor Steve Beshear said he will allow any legal consequences which are prescribed to clerks who choose not to issue the marriage licenses.

Rowan Co. Clerk  Kim Davis who Casey Davis originally set off in support of was still in jail as of September 4 for failing to issue marriage licenses, and  faces charges of contempt.

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