Kentucky clerk Kim Davis freed in same-sex marriage dispute
US judge warns woman not to interfere in issuing marriage licences to gay couples
A judge has ordered a Kentucky clerk jailed last week for refusing to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples be released and warned her not to interfere in the issuing of licences to legally eligible couples.
Kim Davis was jailed for contempt after defying a court order to issue marriage licences as she cited her “religious conviction” as an Apostolic Christian to same-sex marriage, despite a Supreme Court ruling in June legalising such unions across the United States.
Ms Davis’s case became a cause celebre for conservative Christians who claim their religious beliefs have been oppressed by civil liberties.
“God’s moral law conflicts with my job duties,” she said before she was jailed on Thursday. “You can’t be separated from something that’s in your heart and in your soul.”
The judge ordered Ms Davis to “not interfere in any way, directly or indirectly, with the efforts of her deputy clerks to issue licences to legally eligible couples” and that if she did, the court would regard her action as a “violation” of her release.
The order releasing Ms Davis, a clerk of Rowan County in rural north-eastern Kentucky, came shortly before two Republican presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz planned to visit her in jail and as protesters gathered for a rally outside the jail.