Essentially, Davis was freed because her deputy clerks were issuing marriage licenses in her stead. “The Court is therefore satisfied that the clerk’s office is fulfilling its obligation to issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples,” a ruling from U.S. District Judge David Bunning read.
“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,” it stated. The ruling notes that 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, an Apostolic Christian, refused to issue same-sex couples marriage licenses on religious grounds, citing her decision as being on “God’s authority.” “God’s moral law conflicts with my job duties,” she said on Thursday, according to the Associated Press “You can’t be separated from something that’s in your heart and in your soul.”
Last week, U.S. News obtained court records showing that Davis has been married four times and gave birth to twins out of wedlock.
“We have a great country and we serve a greater God. And I’m confident that the issues that have been created by this situation today and this past week will be resolved to where Christians will be able to serve their country in elected offices,” Grayson, Kentucky, Mayor George Steele said at the rally. (Davis did not speak or provide a comment.)
TV personalities and twins David and Jason Benham, who lost their HGTV show Flip It Forward after comments David made in 2012 – decrying “homosexuality and its agenda that is attacking the nation” – surfaced, were also present at the rally.
“Today I was proud to stand with Kim Davis as she was released from jail,” Huckabee said in a statement. “Kim Davis should have never been locked-up for being a Christian and for following her conscience and the law. I am appalled at our government’s willingness to accommodate the religious beliefs of all religions, but Christianity. Kim Davis sitting behind bars in an orange jumpsuit for six days leaves no doubt about the criminalization of Christianity in America. I refuse to sit silently as our Constitution is torched and the courts violate our fundamental rights.”