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Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage license to same sex couple released from jail

Steve Bittenbender

Published 08/09/2015 | 20:53

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis listens to a customer following her office's refusal to issue marriage licenses at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis listens to a customer following her office's refusal to issue marriage licenses at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, walked out of jail on Tuesday after the U.S. district court judge who found her in contempt said he was satisfied licenses were being issued in accordance with a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

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Ms Davis was released from custody to huge cheers as throngs of supporters gathered outside the jail where she thanked them for their support.

Rowan County clerk Kim Davis is shown in this booking photo provided by the Carter County Detention Center in Grayson, Kentucky September 3, 2015. REUTERS/Carter County Detention Center/Handout via Reuters
Rowan County clerk Kim Davis is shown in this booking photo provided by the Carter County Detention Center in Grayson, Kentucky September 3, 2015. REUTERS/Carter County Detention Center/Handout via Reuters

U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered her release after six days in jail, saying she "shall not interfere in any way, directly or indirectly, with the efforts of her deputy clerks to issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples."

If she tries to interfere, "that will be considered a violation of this Order and appropriate sanctions will be considered," Bunning said.

Her lawyer, Mathew Staver, as well as Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee were at Davis' side in front of the Carter County Detention Center, listening to supporters sing, shout and wave flags.

"Kim is someone who is loyal to God and is loyal to her job and her people. She plans to be back at work this week," said Staver.

"Kim Davis cannot and will not violate her conscience," Staver said.

As an Apostolic Christian, Davis says she believes a marriage can only be between a man and a woman. She has refused to issue any marriage licenses since the U.S. Supreme Court in June made same-sex marriages legal across the United States.

While she was jailed, the county's deputy clerks issued marriage licenses to several same-sex couples.

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