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Kim Davis Free: Judge Orders Kentucky Clerk To Be Released From Jail

Tue, September 8, 2015 1:42pm EDT by 25 Comments
Kentucky Clerk Freed From Jail
Courtesy of Rowan County

Kim Davis is free! The Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses was sent to jail after she was found to be in contempt of court. A judge has ordered Kim’s release, but if she ‘interferes’ with couples applying for marriage licenses, she may end up back in the slammer!

Kim Davis, 49, became the most famous county clerk in America after she refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Kentucky. The Rowan county woman cited her religious beliefs as the source of her opposition, but others accused her of bigotry. Kim wound up in jail after she was found guilty of contempt of court, but a US District judge has now ordered that she be freed!

US District Judge David Bunning, the same judge that sent Kim to jail on Sept. 3, has called for he release, reports NBCNews. However, now that she’s out, if Kim decides to “interfere” with the licenses her deputies have been granting in her absence, “appropriate sanctions will be considered.” Whether this means she goes back to jail or faces a fine will be determined if or when she breaks the law again.

Kim’s clerks must also file status reports every 14 days that detail their compliance with the earlier orders. If there’s any incident where a couple, straight, gay or otherwise, is unfairly denied a marriage certificate, the Judge will know and he’ll lay down the appropriate punishment.

Unfortunately, this might not be the end of this controversy. Kim’s lawyer, Mat Staver, told NBC News that this accommodation wasn’t going to suffice. “We’re back at Square One,” he said. “She’s been released but there’s been no resolution.”

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage on June 26, making it legal throughout the country. Clearly, Kim, an elected official, didn’t get agree with the High Court’s decision. She refused to issue marriage licenses for couples in Rowan Kentucky, and her behavior was brought to everyone’s attention thanks to a viral video. David Moore and his finance were denied a chance to get married, and their story caught the public eye.

Kim cited her deeply religious beliefs as her reason for denying licenses to David and his fiancé. She said her “conscious would not allow” it. Judge David Bunning ruled against Kim, finding her to be guilty of “contempt of court” and had her taken to jail on Sept. 3. Five days later, he must have thought she learned her lesson, as he called for her release.

What do you think about Kim being released from jail, HollywoodLifers? Do you think Kim will obey the law and issue same-sex marriage licenses now, or will she cause more trouble?

— Jason Brow