After missing Labor Day weekend with her family because she was sitting in jail for refusing to sign off on same sex marriages, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis will be released from jail today. The Kentucky Democrat had been ordered into the custody of U.S. Marshals last week over a contempt of court charge stemming from her refusal to facilitate marriage licenses to gay couples by avoiding issuing licenses to anyone.
According to ABC News:
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is to be released from jail in Grayson, Kentucky, a judge ordered today, nearly a week after Davis was jailed for refusing a judge’s order to issue marriage licenses, including to same-sex couples.
After remanding Defendant Davis to the custody of the U.S. Marshal, five of her six deputy clerks stated under oath that they would comply with the Court’s Order and issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples,” an order issued by U.S. District Judge David Bunning said.
On September 8, 2015, Plaintiffs filed a Status Report at the Court’s behest. According to the Report, Plaintiffs have obtained marriage licenses from the Rowan County Clerk’s Office,” the order noted. “The Court is therefore satisfied that the clerk’s office is fulfilling its obligation to issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples.
The arrest of Davis set off a national firestorm, with supporters and detractors across the political spectrum. Many believe Davis is only the first in what will be a multitude of complications over the Supreme Court’s ruling in June legalizing gay marriage across the country.