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Kim Davis Released From Jail, Can't Stop Staff From Issuing Marriage Licenses

Federal judge David Bunning issued an order on Sept. 8 releasing Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk Kim Davis from jail.

Davis was jailed on Sept. 3 for contempt of court because she ignored numerous court orders to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and also prevented her staff from doing so.

Davis has claimed that her deeply held Christian beliefs will not allow her to comply with the law.

“After remanding Defendant Davis to the custody of the U.S. Marshal, five of her six deputy clerks stated under oath that they would comply with the Court’s Order and issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples," Bunning's order stated, notes ABC News.

Davis may not stop the deputy clerks in her office from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, as she has in the past. If Davis violates this order, she will be subject to "appropriate sanctions," reports The Associated Press.

"God's moral law conflicts with my job duties," Davis told Bunning at the hearing on Sept. 3, before being taken to jail. "You can't be separated from something that's in your heart and in your soul."

Davis still faces a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union to compel her to comply with the law and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The suit is working its way through the courts.

On Sept. 7, Christian protesters gathered outside Bunning's home, in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, which was guarded by the U.S. Marshal Service.

Sources: WKYT (AP), ABC News / Photo credit: Carter County Detention Center Media Handout


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