Update: U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered Kim Davis be released from jail Sept. 8, saying he was satisfied that her deputies had fulfilled their obligations to give marriage licenses to same-sex couples in her absence. However, Bunning’s new order says Davis must not interfere with her deputies issuing the marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples.
Davis’ lawyer, Matt Staver, has said she plans to return to work, and has no plans to resign.
Prior to her release, Davis’ attorney, Matt Staver, released the following statement regarding the matter, Sept. 6:
“While most Americans are enjoying the extended holiday weekend with family and friends, Kim Davis sits in isolation for the fourth day in jail. We are working through the holiday to secure Kim’s freedom.”
Following the June Supreme Court decision which legalized same-sex marriage, Davis refused to issue the licenses based on the grounds that doing so would violate her religious beliefs.
“In addition to my desire to serve the people of Rowan County, I owe my life to Jesus Christ ,who loves me, and gave His life for me,” Davis said in a statement. “Following the death of my godly mother-in-law, over four years ago, I went to church to fulfill her dying wish. There, I heard a message of grace, and forgiveness, and surrendered my life to Jesus Christ. I am not perfect. No one is. But I am forgiven, and I love my Lord, and must be obedient to Him, and to the Word of God.”
U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered Davis to remain behind bars until she complied with the new law.
Reportedly, five of her deputies have agreed to issue same-sex marriage licenses in her absence, and the Rowan County Clerk’s Office began doing so the day after her arrest.
Davis said she would be willing to issue the licenses if her name and title were not on them. In addition, Staver said she has no plans to resign, and would remain in jail until a compromise is reached.
Davis’ husband, Joe, also said his wife would be willing to stay in jail until the court is willing to reach a compromise.
U.S. Attorney Kerry Harvey released the following statement regarding the matter:
“Government officials are free to disagree with the law, but not disobey it. The county clerk has presented her position through the federal court system, all of the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. It is time for the clerk and the county to follow the law.”