Federal Judge Orders Immediate Release of Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis

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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.

U.S. District Judge David Bunning reached his decision after receiving a status report from the plaintiffs in the case — same-sex couples who sued Davis after being refused marriage licenses following the Supreme Court’s June ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.

Bunning’s order Tuesday made clear that Davis must “not interfere in any way, directly or indirectly, with the efforts of her deputy clerks to issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples,” and that any such interference would result in “appropriate sanctions.”

The judge also ordered the deputy clerks who are issuing marriage licenses in the place of Davis to file status reports with the court every two weeks so as to ensure compliance with the court’s order.

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