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Kim Davis released from jail

Kim Davis released from jail

GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, Janet Huckabee, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, and Joe Davis (left to right)

Kim Davis, the embattled Rowan County clerk, has been released from jail. US District Judge David Bunning issued the ruling today (8 September).

However, he warned she’s not to interfere with issuing of marriage certificates.

‘All has been well,’ Davis said, according to the Associated Press, as she stood next to her lawyer and GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.

Davis, a Democrat, has been the center of a media firestorm due to her refusal to process licenses for LGBTI applicants. The Kentucky clerk has maintained to do so is a breach of her religious beliefs.

Last month, after Bunning ordered her to cease, she appealed to the Supreme Court. The highest court in the country denied her emergency request to not issue certificates to any couples – gay or straight – as she fought in the lower court.

The federal judge placed her in jail, for contempt, last week. Since then, her office has accepted applications from LGBTI couples.

‘Kim cannot and will not violate her conscience,’ said Mat Staver, according to the Associated Press.

Staver is the founder of the Liberty Counsel, the Christian law firm representing Davis. When asked if the clerk will process certificates to all applicants, Staver refused to answer.

‘You’ll find out in the near future,’ Staver said.

Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, has defended Davis. Over the weekend, he announced a rally that was to be held today in her support. He called her a religious freedom advocate.

‘If somebody needs to go to jail, I am willing to go in her place and I mean that,’  he said, according to The Hill, as she walked out of jail.

I am tired of watching people being just harassed because they believe something of their faith and we cannot criminalize the Christian faith or any faith in this country and I pray that there will be remedies that do not involve putting someone in jail for their convictions,’ he continued.

Below is a video clip of Huckabee’s comments: