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Rowan Deputy Clerk To Defy Kim Davis, Keep Issuing Marriage Licenses

| by Ethan Brown
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One of the deputy county clerk’s in Rowan County, Kentucky said he will not listen to requests from his boss to halt issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples and will continue to follow the laws of the nation.

Brian Mason is a deputy county clerk who works under Kim Davis, the now well-known Rowan County clerk who was jailed for five days for refusing marriage licenses to two same-sex couples. She was released on Sept. 8 on grounds that she not interfere with other clerks signing their name on the marriage license, making it valid.

Mason said Sept. 9 that licenses would be issued to anyone who seeks one, the Associated Press reported. He also said that if Ms. Davis tells him to stop, he will say no and cite the current federal laws as his defense.

Davis walked out of jail Tuesday alongside Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and her lawyer. Thousands of her supporters greeted her outside as did a church choir that sang “Amazing Grace” and “God Bless America.” Davis is expected to return to her position on Sept. 11 or Sept. 14, but it is unknown whether she will postpone issuing marriage licenses once again.

“I just want to give God the glory. His people have rallied, and you are a strong people,” Davis told the crowd on Tuesday.

Of the six deputy clerks in Ms. Davis’ office, five have granted marriage licenses to all couples. The sixth clerk is her son, Nathan, who has refused to issue licenses. Mason said that 10 marriage licenses have been issued since Davis’ absence – seven of which were to same-sex couples.

Davis has refused to resign her job, which comes with an $80,000 yearly salary. Due to her post as a county employee, she can only be removed by losing re-election or being impeached by the state Assembly, the latter being highly unlikely due to a Republican majority in the chamber.

Sources: Reuters, The Associated Press via WCPO News / Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Carter County Detention Center