Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk Kim Davis returned to work on Monday and maintained that she would not issue any marriage licenses that go against her religious beliefs — but said that deputy clerks would be able to issue licenses without her name or title included.
“Effective immediately, and until an accommodation is provided by those with the authority to provide it, any marriage license issued by my office will not be issued or authorized by me,” Davis said, reading from a prepared statement, according to CNN.
Davis, who spent five days in jail for defying the orders of a federal judge to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses — something she is obligated to do under state and federal law — was emotional in Monday’s press conference when addressing the controversy surrounding her.
Davis said she is now faced with a “seemingly impossible choice; my conscience or my freedom,” and rejected the notion that she is a hero.
“To affix my name or authoritative title on a certificate that authorizes marriage, that conflicts with God’s definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman, violates my deeply held religious convictions and conscious,” she said. “For me, this would be an act of disobedience to my God.
“ ... While there are many accommodations available, a very simple accommodation I have proposed is to remove my name and my title as the clerk of Rowan County completely off the marriage license."
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