Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses despite it being the law of the land, will be released from jail under orders from a federal judge.
Davis, a Democrat, was jailed for contempt of court last Thursday, will be released as a result of Judge David L. Bunning's order, which reads:
“Defendant Davis shall be released from the custody of the U.S. Marshal forthwith. 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.”
Davis will not be allowed to prevent her deputies from issuing same-sex marriage licenses. The full order is here, and the relevant bits are below:
Davis originally came under legal scrutiny for refusing to do the job for which she was elected. Davis also forbade her staff from issuing the licenses, which are legal in the United States.
Monday, Davis' lawyer Horatio Mihet issued a statement calling for her release:
“We would like them to release her from jail and provide reasonable, sensible accommodation so she can do her job... That would be taking her name off of marriage licenses in Rowan County and allowing her deputies to issue the licenses.”
Davis drew massive support from evangelical Christians and Republican politicians. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee came to her aid, calling for her release, and Sen. Ted Cruz was scheduled to fly to Kentucky today in her support.