The judge who ordered defiant Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis to jail last week for refusing to issue gay marriage licenses has subsequently ordered her release from the custody of the U.S. Marshal.
And it comes with a demand: that Davis stop interfering in the licensing of same-sex nuptials.
“Defendent Davis shall be released from the custody of the U.S. Marshal forthwith,” read an order from U.S. District Judge David Bunning. “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, dated September 8, goes on to say that Davis risks sanctions if she in any way prevents licenses from being issued.
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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.
As TheBlaze previously reported, Davis’ attorneys had filed an emergency motion seeking her release on Monday, asking Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to act on behalf of her release; the Democratic governor had previously said that the legal conundrum was between Davis and the courts.
Davis’ 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.
Mat Staver, her attorney with the Liberty Counsel legal firm, said at a press conference on Friday that Davis does not believe that gay marriage licenses issued during her detainment are legal.
“It is our position and the position of the clerk … that those licenses are void,” Staver said outside a Kentucky jail. “They’re not worth the paper that they are written on.”
News of her ordered release came just before presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz were expected to meet with her at the jail.
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