Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, flanked by Republic presidential candidate Mike Huckabee (L), Attorney Mathew Staver (2nd R) and her husband Joe Davis (R) celebrates her release from the Carter County Detention center in Grayson, Kentucky September 8, 2015.
The county clerk from Kentucky who was jailed after refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples said Monday she will not authorize the licenses now that she has returned to work, but she will also not block her deputies from issuing them.Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, 49, who has said her beliefs as an Apostolic Christian prevent her from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, said licenses would state that they are being issued under a U.S. District Court order.Davis, who returned to work on Monday, told a news conference any marriage licenses issued would not carry her name, title or her personal authorization. She added she would take no action against deputy clerks who issue licenses, although she does not believe they have the authority to do so.”I don’t want to have this conflict. I don’t want to be in the spotlight, and I certainly don’t want to be a whipping post,” Davis said. “I am no hero. I am just a person who has been transformed by the grace of God and who wants to work, be with my family.”
The issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Kentucky and other states has become the latest focal point in the long-running debate over gay marriage that has continued after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that extended the practice across the United States.U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered Davis jailed for contempt on Sept. 3 for refusing to comply with his order to issue licenses in line with the Supreme Court ruling. He ordered her released five days later when the licenses were being issued by deputy clerks.
In his release order, Bunning warned Davis there would be consequences if she interfered with the issuance of marriage licenses, directly or indirectly, when she returned to work. Davis left the jail last Tuesday to a roaring crowd of supporters and some detractors. Her supporters continued protests last week after her release, demanding the firing of deputy clerks who provide marriage licenses without her permission.
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