Rowan County, Ky., clerk Kim Davis thanked supporters after her release from jail, five days after she was held in contempt by a federal judge amid a standoff over marriage licenses. (WHAS11)
GRAYSON, Ky. — “Eye of the Tiger” poured out of the loudspeakers. The crowd cheered. And Kim Davis sobbed, then exulted.
The defiant clerk from Rowan County was free at last, ready to thank a crowd of thousands gathered outside the jailhouse where Davis was held for five days for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.
“I just want to give God the glory,” she said Tuesday, not long after a federal judge ordered her release. “Keep on pressing, don’t let down because He is here.”
Her defiance has made her a hero in the eyes of her supporters. And the escalating drama has also drawn the attention of two Republican presidential contenders, Mike Huckabee and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), who arrived at the jail Tuesday, shortly before Davis was freed.
Huckabee called Davis a representative from God sent to lead the charge against “judicial tyranny.”
“God showed up,” Huckabee said. “He showed up in the form of an elected Democrat named Kim Davis.”
Davis was jailed at the Carter County Detention Center on Thursday after she refused to comply with a court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The following day, her deputies began issuing the documents in her absence.
As a condition of her release Tuesday, U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered Davis not to interfere with the issuing of marriage licenses by her office.
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“Kim Davis cannot, will not violate her conscience,” her attorney Mat Staver said outside the jail, with Davis by his side. Asked if that meant she would refuse to issue licenses, he promised that people would “find out in the near future.”
He added: “She loves God, she loves people, she loves her work, and she will not betray any of those three.”
Initially, upon emerging from the jailhouse, Davis barely spoke; but when asked whether spending five days in custody was “worth it,” she smiled and nodded her head: Yes.
Kim Davis. (Carter County Detention Center via …Read More