Clerk Who Was Jailed For Refusing to Issue Marriage Licenses to Gay Couples is Released
A Kentucky clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couple has been released.
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, 48, has been behind bars for five days.
On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered that she be released on the grounds that her deputies issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples while she was locked up.
His order says that Davis must not interfere with her deputies as they issue the marriage licenses.
If she does, the court will consider "appropriate sanctions," Bunning said.
Davis had refused to issue marriages licenses for two months since the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage, arguing that her Christian faith should exempt her from signing the licenses.
She told the judge she could not order the licenses because it would violate her conscience.
"You can't be separated from something that's in your heart and in your soul," she told him.
But Bunning said last week that the oath Davis took supersedes her beliefs.
After she was jailed, hundreds of people outside the courthouse chanted: "Love won! Love won!"
Even the White House weighed in, saying that no one is above the law.
Press Secretary Josh Earnest says "on principle, that the success of our democracy depends on the rule of law, and there's no public official that is above the rule of law."
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