Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Is Free Again On One Condition

Will Davis quit trying to stop LGBT marriages?

A Kentucky judge ordered Kim Davis -- the county clerk who first made headlines for refusing to give out marriage licenses to LGBT couples -- be released from prison on Tuesday (Sept. 8) -- as long as she doesn't try to interfere with any other legal marriages in Rowan County.


Davis received national attention for her straight-up refusal to hand out same-sex licenses after the marriage equality ruling in June and on Sept. 3, Judge David L. Bunning found her in contempt of court, giving her the choice to uphold the law or go to jail. She chose jail.

In Tuesday's order releasing Davis from custody, Bunning wrote 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. If Defendant Davis should interfere in any way with their issuance, that will be considered a violation of this Order and appropriate sanctions will be considered."

It's still unclear whether the licenses that Davis' deputies issued to LGBT couples while she was jailed will be considered valid without Davis' signature. Rowan county says they're good to go; Davis' lawyers think not.

And while, it would seem that #LoveWins this round, Davis still has her share of supporters, including former republican governor Mike Huckabee, who headed out to Kentucky to show support for the crusading-clerk at a rally outside the jail.

"I have told her if somebody needs to go to jail, I'll go in her place," Huckabee said to a group of reporters at the rally (streamed live on his Facebook page.) He later gave a speech to the crowd, commending those who supported Davis throughout her time in jail.

While Davis didn't speak at the rally herself, Mathew D. Staver, her lawyer, told reporters that the clerk would not "abandon her post" by resigning from her position and that she also wouldn't "violate her conscience" or go against her faith, adding that she is still seeking to remove her "name and authority" from the marriage licenses of LGBT couples.

Exactly how those promises will play into the future of Rowan County's marriage licenses and the judge's orders still remains to be seen.