Cowan, KY, County Clerk Kim Davis has been freed from jail.
In exchange for her release, according to the New York Times, Davis has been told not to interfere with her employees as they continue to issue licenses to same-sex couples. She “shall not interfere in any way, directly or indirectly, with the efforts of her deputy clerks to issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples,” according to the court order.
Lawyers for the clerks office will also have to issue reports every 14 days to make sure the court order is being followed.
Davis had been in jail since last Thursday after refusing to issue marriage licenses – she said issuing licenses to same-sex couples would have violated her religious beliefs.
Davis, who has a history of multiple divorces and children out of wedlock, has gained support from the likes of presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz who had both planned to attended a rally supporting her today.
“Today, judicial lawlessness crossed into judicial tyranny. Today, for the first time ever, the government arrested a Christian woman for living according to her faith,” said Cruz ahead of his rally today. “This is wrong. This is not America.”
Davis was offered this option, allowing her employees to issue licenses without her interference, last Thursday prior to being sentenced to contempt of court.
She denied that offer and instead said “thank you” when the judge sent her to jail.
Davis’ refusal to issue licenses, which defied an order from the supreme court, had been condemned by progressives and conservatives alike with even folks at Fox News calling her lawyers “ridiculously stupid:”