Kentucky clerk released from jail; judge orders her not to interfere with marriage licensing

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GRAYSON, Ky. — The Kentucky clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses because of her religious beliefs about gay couples says that “all has been well” upon her release from jail on contempt charges.

Rowan County clerk Kim Davis told the thousands gathered outside the jail Tuesday: “Thank you all so much. I love you all so very much.”

She smiled and appeared to be crying as she stood next to lawyer Mat Staver and GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. Huckabee and fellow candidate Ted Cruz had planned jailhouse visits before Davis was ordered released.

She also said: “I just want to give God the glory; his people have rallied, and you are a strong people.”

She added: “Keep on pressing.”

Staver says Davis is loyal to God and her job. But he says she won’t violate her conscience and argues that the licenses issued by her office in her absence are invalid. He says she cannot allow her name to be associated with something that conflicts with God’s definition of marriage.

Near the end of the news conference outside the jail, Davis was asked: “Was it worth it?” She smiled and nodded yes.

The crowd grew to the thousands. Christian flags and a few Confederate ones waved.

 

The Kentucky clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses because of her religious beliefs about gay couples has appeared briefly on stage at a rally of her supporters, telling the crowd she wants to “give God the glory.”

Davis’ lawyer has refused to say when she’ll return to work or whether she will obey a judge’s order not to interfere with marriage licensing in her office.