(GRAYSON, Ky.) — Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was released from jail Tuesday in Grayson, Kentucky, following a judge’s order, nearly a week after Davis was jailed for refusing a judge’s order to issue marriage licenses, including to same-sex couples.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee stood alongside Davis and her attorney, Mat Staver, outside the jail, calling her “incredibly brave.”
“We stand with Kim today,” Huckabee said, adding that he is willing to go to jail in her place.
“We cannot criminalize the Christian faith,” he said.
An order issued Tuesday by U.S. District Judge David Bunning said: “After remanding Defendant Davis to the custody of the U.S. Marshal, five of her six deputy clerks stated under oath that they would comply with the Court’s Order and issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples.”
“On September 8, 2015, Plaintiffs filed a Status Report at the Court’s behest. According to the Report, Plaintiffs have obtained marriage licenses from the Rowan County Clerk’s Office,” the order noted. “The Court is therefore satisfied that the clerk’s office is fulfilling its obligation to issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples.”
Over the weekend, Liberty Counsel, which represents Davis, filed an appeal of Bunning’s contempt order with the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Today, Liberty Counsel filed an emergency motion to have Davis released from jail.
“She can never recover the past six days of her life spent in an isolated jail cell, where she was incarcerated like a common criminal because of her conscience and religious convictions,” Staver said in a statement Tuesday. “She is now free to return to her family, her coworkers and the office where she has faithfully served for the past 27 years. We will continue to assist Kim and pursue the multiple appeals she has filed.”
Davis’ attorney said she would not return to work on Wednesday, but could do so on either Friday or next Monday.
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