Judge Releases Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis From Jail, Bars Her From Withholding Marriage Licenses

Judge Releases Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis From Jail, Bars Her From Withholding Marriage Licenses

The judge who ordered defiant Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis to jail last week for refusing to issue gay marriage licenses has ordered her release from the custody of the U.S. Marshal.

However, theBlaze reports that the judge demands one thing: that Davis stop interfering in the licensing of same-sex marriages.

The order from U.S. District Judge David Bunning read, “Defendant Davis 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.”

The court document goes on to say that Davis risks sanctions if she in any way prevents licenses from being issued.

The five clerks who had begun to grant gay marriage licenses in the wake of Davis’ arrest last week will continue to do so, and will provide a status report to the court every 14 days in an effort to ensure that all proper and legal licensing is unfolding.

Davis’ attorneys had filed an emergency motion seeking her release on Monday, and her release came as she and her attorneys indicated that she would not be backing down, and seemingly planned to stay in jail until an accommodation was made or a judge released her.

Presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz met with her at the jail right after she was released.

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said Davis has “shown more courage” than most politicians during a press conference following her release from jail.

“If somebody needs to go to jail, I’m willing to go in her place,” the former Arkansas governor said.

As Kim Davis stood before a cheering crowd and wept on stage with her husband, lawyer, and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, she promised her supporters that she would “keep on pressing.”

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