Kim Davis Returns to Work, Says Name Won't Be on Same-Sex Marriage Licenses
Kim Davis announced this morning that she will not interfere with same-sex marriage licenses being issued.
Davis, the clerk for Rowan County, Kentucky, spent six days in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples on religious grounds.
She emphasized that neither her name nor her authority will be on the licenses, explaining that it would betray God.
Davis said licenses will be issued by her deputies until an accommodation can be granted by the governor and state lawmakers.
"Are we not a big enough, a loving enough and a tolerant enough state to find a way to accommodate my deeply held religious convictions?" she asked.
The federal judge in Davis' case said last week that the deputy clerks could issue licenses, though he said it was unclear if they would be valid.
Davis said that the licenses will state that they are being granted under a court order, and urged her supporters to remain civil and peaceful.
In releasing her from jail, the judge ordered Davis not to interfere with licenses being issued to gay couples.
"I don't want to have this conflict. I don't want to be in the spotlight. And I certainly don't want to be a whipping post," Davis said, reading from a hand-written statement outside the courthouse where she works.
"I am no hero. I'm just a person that's been transformed by the grace of God, who wants to work, be with my family. I just want to serve my neighbors quietly without violating my conscience."
Davis, an Apostolic Christian, stopped issuing licenses after the Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage. U.S. District Judge David Bunning held her in contempt and ordered her to jail. In her absence, her deputies issued at least seven licenses to gay couples and altered the forms to exclude Davis' name.
The deputy clerk who issued the licenses, Brian Mason, said Monday that will continue to hand out the licenses despite his boss's objections.
The governor, the attorney general and the county attorney have said the licenses are valid. Only Davis and her attorneys claim otherwise.
Watch Davis' remarks above.