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Kim Davis finally relents, allows deputies to issue marriage licenses to gay couples

Kim Davis finally relents, allows deputies to issue marriage licenses to gay couples

Kim Davis has finally relented

The Kentucky clerk who tried everything to stop same-sex marriage licenses being issued to same-sex couples in her county has finally relented.

Kim Davis, a four-time married born-again Christian, was ruled by a federal judge to have obeyed orders since she spent five nights in jail.

United States District Judge David Bunning found Davis has allowed her deputies to issue licenses to anyone eligible – gay or straight – since September and these are valid under Kentucky law.

When marriage equality was legalized across the US, Davis at first refused to allow anyone in Rowan County to issue licenses to same-sex couples.

She was sent to jail for contempt of court. Following this, she altered the licenses to remove her name and title.

Republican governor Matt Bevin signed an executive order in December to remove clerks’ names from marriage licenses.