Rowan Clerk Kim Davis To Be Released From Jail

Sep 8, 2015


Credit WKYT

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis will be released from the Carter County jail today, where she's been held since Thursday on a contempt of court charge.

U.S. District Judge David Bunning has ordered Davis’ release, lifting last week’s contempt order which Davis earned by denying Bunning’s order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Bunning says that deputies in Davis' office are complying with his orders to grant marriage licenses, and he has ordered Davis not to interfere with their issuance. Five of the six deputies told the judge that they would comply with his order, although some were reluctant and cited religious beliefs. Bunning has requested updates on the deputy clerks' compliance from their lawyers every 14 days.

Davis has refused to grant licenses to any couples, gay or straight, since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in June.