Kim Davis went back to work Monday morning. She offered some accommodations for her religious beliefs. She won’t be authorizing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but she won’t stand in the way of her deputies either.
In her statement this morning Davis said, “Effective immediately, and until an accommodation is provided, by those with the authority to provide it, any marriage license issued by my office will not be issued or authorized by me.”
“I love my deputy clerks and I hate that they have been caught in the middle. If any of them feels that they must issue an unauthorized license to avoid being thrown in jail, I understand their tough choice and I will take no action against them.”
She added, “Any unauthorized license that they issue will not have my name, my title or my authority on it. Instead, the license will state that they are issued pursuant to a federal court order.”
It seems she will not stop her deputies who have been issuing marriage licenses in her absence, but she questioned the validity of the certificates.
NPR reported, “U.S. District Judge David Bunning ‘indicated last week that he was willing to accept altered marriage license even though he was not certain of their validity,’ Davis said. ‘I, too, have great doubts whether the license issued under these conditions are even valid.’”
Listen to her full statement here.
Kim Davis’ speech outside the Rowan County CourthouseHere are Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ remarks from outside the Rowan County Courthouse on Monday, September 14, 2015.
Posted by Sean Moody WKYT on Monday, September 14, 2015