Rowan County (Ky.) clerk Kim Davis, center, stands with Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, left, and Liberty Council attorney Mat Staver after her release from the Carter County Detention Center in Grayson, Ky., on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015.(Photo: Screen grab from WHAS-TV, Louisville)
GRAYSON, Ky. — Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Ky., clerk who was jailed last week for failing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples thanked supporters Tuesday at a rally after her release from jail.
In a brief moment at the microphone during the rally, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis tearfully told roaring supporters, “I just want to give God the glory.”
With Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” playing in the background, Davis, who was jailed Thursday by U.S. District Judge David Bunning for contempt of court, was flanked by Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and other supporters outside the Carter County (Ky.) Detention Center, where about 1,000 people were gathered. “He is here, he’s worthy,” she said in an affirmation of her faith and her refusal to issue marriage licenses in the wake of the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision.
Bunning ordered Davis freed from jail Tuesday. In a two-page order, Bunning ordered the U.S. Marshal Service to release her on the condition that 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.
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If she does, Bunning said, “appropriate sanctions” will be considered.
He ordered court-appointed lawyers for the deputies to report every 14 days on their compliance.
Davis’ lawyers did not immediately respond to questions about whether she will comply with the order.
Bunning said a report by lawyers for the four couples who sued Davis said that five of the six deputies — all but Davis’ son — are issuing licenses, as promised under oath that they would do.
“The court is therefore satisfied that the Rowan County Clerk’s Office is fulfilling its obligation to issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples, consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court’s holding in Obergefell and this court’s August 12, 2015 order,” Bunning said. “For these reasons, the …Read More