Kim Davis, the embattled Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk, returned to work Monday morning after five days in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
“I don’t want to have this conflict,” Davis, who said her beliefs as an Apostolic Christian prevented her from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, read in a statement on the courthouse steps. “I don’t want to be in the spotlight. And I certainly don’t want to be a whipping post.”
“I am no hero,” she said. “I’m just a person that’s been transformed by the grace of God, who wants to work, be with my family. I just want to serve my neighbors quietly without violating my conscience.”
U.S. District Judge David Bunning jailed Davis for her refusal to issue licenses; her deputies issued at least seven in her absence, removing her name from the licenses as they did. Brian Mason, the deputy clerk, said he would continue to do so despite Davis’s objections.
Bunning’s ruling upon Davis’s release specified that she “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.” Her team is seeking a delay pending “clarification” of that ruling, arguing that all the couples who sued Davis were awarded their licenses and therefore her office should not have to issue them going forward.
Meanwhile, a Kansas-based nonprofit group called Planting Peace has purchased a billboard near Davis’s office that reads “Dear Kim Davis, the fact that you can’t sell your daughter for three goats and a cow means we’ve already redefined marriage,” a reference to Biblical verses specifying the rules governing the sale of women.