CBS Evening News announced via Twitter that Kim Davis, the born again Christian who was arrested and held in contempt for her refusal to issue homosexual marriage licenses, will be released from jail. The contempt order will also be lifted.
Though she is being released, the Rowan County Clerk has been ordered to not interfere with the issuance of homosexual of marriage licenses by deputy clerks.
Davis was previously given the opportunity to be released if she agreed not to interfere with the deputy clerks issuing of such marriage licenses. She would not agree to do so because her name would still be on the marriage licenses as Rowan County Clerk even thought someone else’s signature would accompany it. Rowan believes that homosexual marriage is a sin, in accordance with the teachings of the Holy Bible, and told those seeking a licenses that her refusal to issue them was based on God’s authority.
A court order was issued by Judge David Bunning Tuesday morning, as reported by CBS. Bunning is the judge who ordered Davis jailed.
“Defendant Davis shall be released from the custody of the U.S. Marshal forthwith. Defendant 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.”
Following the Supreme Court decision changing the definition of marriage, Davis stopped issuing all marriage licenses. She was then sued by two homosexual couples and two heterosexual couples.
Davis’s husband, Joe, told reporters last Friday morning that his wife was ready and willing to stay in jail for as long as necessary. She was asking the government for a religious accommodation in the issuance of homosexual marriage licenses and wanted her name to not appear on such licenses. There is no word whether such an accommodation will be made with her release.
According to CNN, Judge Bunning has requested that a status report be sent to him every 14 days to ensure that Davis is in compliance with his orders. Failure for her to do so could land her in contempt once again.
Two Republican presidential candidates, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, were scheduled to visit Davis in jail today. Huckabee was also set to lead a rally in support of Davis outside the courthouse today.
This story will be updated as further information develops.