Judge Bunning releases Davis, saying he is satisfied that her deputies fulfilled their obligations to give marriage licenses to same-sex couples in her absence. Bunning’s new order says Davis, once free, still cannot interfere with her deputies issuing marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples. Davis is released from jail, and says she plans to return to work this week. When a reporter asks if her stay in jail was worth it, she smiles and nods. Attorney:
I can guarantee you, knowing Kim, she loves God, she loves people, she loves her work, and she will not betray any of those three. She’ll do her job good. She’ll serve the people…and she’ll also be loyal to God, and she’s not going to violate her conscience.
U.S. District Court Judge Bunning orders Davis remanded into to U.S. Marshall custody until she complies with his order to issue the licenses as her job requires. Bunning said he didn’t think fining a defiant Kentucky clerk would force her to comply with his order to issue marriage licenses. Davis testifies for about 20 minutes at the hearing and is very emotional.
I didn’t have to think about it. There was no choice there. Marriage is between one man and one woman. You can’t be separated from something that’s in your heart and in your soul.
The court cannot condone the willful disobedience of its lawfully issued order. If you give people the opportunity to choose which orders they follow, that’s what potentially causes problems.