Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because of religious beliefs, has been released from jail.
Davis had refused to issue licenses to any couples gay or straight, since the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage and her story came to a head last week when she continued her refusal — which forced the courts to get involved.
The Rowan County clerk was sent to jail last Thursday on a contempt of court charge by U.S. District Judge David Bunning for failing to issue marriage licenses!
After Davis was sent to jail, five deputies at the clerk's office agreed to issue the marriage licenses while she was gone and started doing so the next day!
On Monday, Kim surprisingly had quite a few supporters of her cause that rallied both outside Judge Bunning's home as well as the detention center where she was being kept.
Earlier today Judge Bunning decided to lift the contempt order and release Miz Davis. However, before doing so, he ordered that she no longer interfere with the issuing of marriage licenses.
Upon the news of Davis' release, her lawyer Mat Staver said:
"Nothing has been resolved. She told the court Thursday that she can't allow licenses to go out under her name and her authority that authorize a marriage that collides with her conscience and religious conviction, and Kim is not changed on that position."
Does this mean she's going to break the judge's order and go right back to jail??
We're not sure exactly how this will all play out, but we're guessing we haven't heard the last from Kim!