Judge Orders Kim Davis Released, Demands She Not Stop Deputies from Issuing ‘Gay Marriage’ Licenses

Bunning DavisASHLAND, Ky. — The judge that ordered Kim Davis to be placed behind bars nearly one week ago has now ordered her release, but simultaneously demanded that she not stop any of her deputy clerks from issuing marriage licenses to homosexuals.

U.S. District Judge David Bunning’s order came just hours before a rally was set to begin outside of Carter County Detention Center, where Davis had been held for the past six days.

He said that he was satisfied with the Rowan County office’s compliance with the Supreme Court opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges, and issued his order shortly after Davis’ attorneys filed an emergency motion to stay the contempt order.

“Defendent Davis shall be released from the custody of the U.S. Marshal forthwith,” reads Bunning’s order released today. “Defendant Davis 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.”

He threatened to punish Davis if she defies the order.

“If Defendant Davis should interfere in any way with their issuance, that will be considered a violation of this order and appropriate sanctions will be considered,” Bunning wrote.

The federal judge, nominated to the bench by then-President George W. Bush, ordered status reports presented to his office every two weeks.

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“[C]ounsel for the five deputy clerks who indicated that they would comply with the court’s order shall file a status report every fourteen days from the date of entry of this order unless otherwise excused by the court,” Bunning directed.

“Within those reports Counsel shall report on their clients’ respective compliance with the court’s August 12, 2015 order enjoining the Rowan County Clerk from enforcing her ‘no marriage licenses’ policy, as well as its order of September 3, 2015 requiring them to issue marriage licenses to all eligible couples in compliance with the court’s prior order,” he mandated.

According to reports, Davis’ attorneys have filed an appeal with the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and are asking that the state take her name off the licenses. They outline that Davis would be willing to compromise and allow the licenses to be issued as long as her name is not on the document.

“If [Davis’ deputies] can issue licenses under someone else’s authority … Kim Davis would not stand in the way of that,” attorney Roger Gannam told CNN on Tuesday.

Gannam, an attorney with Liberty Counsel, says that the state could still make it possible for homosexuals to “marry” while providing an opt-out for Davis.

“It’s the duty of the Kentucky government to accommodate [Davis], and they very easily could do so,” Gannam said. “Gov. Beshear is the one who should do his job or resign, using his words.”

However, some opine that there should be no compromise whatsoever and that Davis should interpose in the matter—as should Beshear.

“We’re still allowing the evil to continue, and it totally nullifies the interposition of the lesser magistrate in abating the just judgment of God,” Matt Trewhella, pastor of Mercy Seat Christian Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and author of “The Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrate,” told Christian News Network.

“It’s extremely important for people to understand that the interposition of the lesser magistrate abates the just judgment of God,” he said, “but with the path they’re taking in Kentucky, it will not.”

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  • DNelson

    No doubt all the conservatives who so strongly support a business’s right to hire who they want, and fire who they want (like, for instance, homosexuals) will no doubt be supporting FOX, as they have made such a decision.

    Or, wait, does that only apply to being able to fire people for being gay, but not for other reasons?

  • Mr. Avatar

    Christians will always be a target – if memory serves – I think Biden said because they exist. Too bad more people haven’t studied our history as a Nation and not the fabricated version of the liberal. If they did – they would know Christianity is the reason we even have a country.

    • LostBoyPA

      No, religious persecution is why the Quakers fled here. History clearly shows us that the United States was not intended to be any sort of Christian nation. And the fact that the majority of Americans identify as Christian doesn’t make it a Christian nation, either. Just a nation that happens to have a lot of Christians in it.

      Get over yourselves. This is OUR country, not YOUR country. You either accept that fact, or you can show yourself the door. If you want a Christian nation that badly, go start your own, because you can’t have it here.

      • LostBoyPA

        And by OUR I mean everyone: Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, and yes, even Atheist like me. OURS. Not exclusively YOURS.

  • Jade

    Craig James said “I’m a guy who believes in [the union of] a man and a woman, … Adam and Eve, and what the Bible says.” Genesis says “a man leaves his father and mother … and the two are united into one”. Do you fundamentalist believe that means marriage? You better read 1 Corinthians 6:16 “don’t you know that if a man joins himself to a prostitute…the two are united into one”. I read this “and the two become one” as a sexual act. The definition of marriage that a fundamentalist should have is [marriage is the union of one man and one or more women with or without their consent].

  • Emmanuel

    Wow, FOX is no longer a conservative station. FOX is now in the same group as MSNBC, CNN and CBS.

    • LostBoyPA

      Yes, they are all corporate news organizations, with the exception of FOX, which isn’t real news, just conservative propaganda.

      The “liberal media” is a myth, it’s all corporate controlled.

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      FOX Entertainment is VERY different from FOX News. Same umbrella, though, I think.

    • John_33

      Fox was never conservative. They only cater to a conservative demographic for business.

  • LostBoyPA

    Imagine that: Another Christian who confuses “persecution” for “not getting his way.” This lawsuit will be tossed out, hopefully with prejudice, and we’ll all learn a valuable lesson: Your deity doesn’t make you special, nor does it entitle you to special treatment not afforded to those who don’t subscribe to your deity.

    • Homer for God

      “Imagine that: Another Christian who confuses “persecution” for “not getting his way.””

      No it’s persecution. His belief had no bearing on his job. He was hired to analyze and discuss sports nothing else. His Christian standing has nothing to do with it and I am more then positive his belief would never have been called into question as it has nothing to do with analyzing sports. Because there is such an outcry to silence any opinion one gives against that particular sin, he was fired. Not only that, but he made those comments BEFORE he was hired. THAT is discrimination.That is also a violation of the first amendment of freedom of religion and since he never spoke about it on his job nor denied service, the “establishment clause” doesn’t apply You would feel the same way had a person gotten fired from a job for a same sex encounter that happened years ago and had nothing to do with that individual’s job.

      “Your deity doesn’t make you special, nor does it entitle you to special treatment not afforded to those who don’t subscribe to your deity”

      Newsflash…God is over everyone (even you), not just Christians. You can go ahead and not believe in God…God believes in you. He’s been telling you that your whole life. All you have to do is open your heart, and soul and listen. As for special treatment, true followers do not want any “special treatment” this world has to offer. Ours will come after our fleshly death when we are welcomed in to Heaven and into the loving arms of our Father. You are more then welcome to come. It is however your choice and in the end it will be between you and God. I will pray for you.

      God Bless

  • Tom Schwallie

    DNelson where was Firing Homosxuals mention in the article. This article was clearly about someone that was fired for there Political view on Opposing SSM. Which I know you where very pleased. However I strongly believe it is unlawful to fire someone for there political views, what ever they may be. Firing someone for there political is boarder line facism

  • Truthhurts24

    The mark of the beast is on the sodomites and they are on a mission to put to silence any mention of the bible in this country. Never seen such blatant hatred for Christianity in America all my life.