WATCH: Kim Davis Returns to Work as Kentucky County Clerk; Issues Statement Saying that she Will Not Issue Homosexual Marriage Licenses and that her Name Will Not be On Marriage Licenses Issued by Deputy Clerks

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Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis indicated Monday that she will not interfere with any deputy clerk who issues marriage licenses, but said she will not personally issue or authorize any of the forms.

“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,” Davis said in a statement outside the courthouse.

“However, any unauthorized license they issue will not have my name, my title or my authority on it,” she said. “Instead, the license will state that they are issued pursuant to a federal court order.”

Davis said she has “great doubts” that licenses issued under these conditions are even valid.

Davis said she faced a choice between her conscience and freedom, and prayed hard about her decision. She called it a remedy to reconcile her conscience with the federal injunction ordering her to provide the forms.

“I don’t want to have this conflict. I don’t want to be in the spotlight. And I certainly don’t want to be a whipping post,” she said. “I am no hero. I’m just a person who has been transformed by the grace of God.”

Davis reiterated her plea for Gov. Steve Beshear and legislators to rewrite state marriage laws to accommodate her religious objections. She argued that millions of others in the public and private sector face similar conflicts.

“Are we not big enough, a loving enough and a tolerant enough state to find a way to accommodate my deeply-held religious convictions,” she asked.

Davis took several days off to spend with family following her high-profile release from the Carter County Detention Center last week. She has remained unclear about her intentions when she returns to face her office staff, releasing only a statement saying that “I love God, love people, and love my work.”

“I hope we will continue to respect these values, and that America remains a place where all three can live in harmony,” she said.

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At least one deputy clerk, Brian Mason, has been issuing licenses since U.S. District Judge David Bunning jailed Davis for contempt of court.

Bunning released her from jail on Tuesday, warning her not to interfere with any deputy who has issued licenses in her absence. And Mason says he will continue to provide the forms even if Davis orders him to stop.

Davis’ attorneys, meanwhile, argue that the licenses handed out so far — around 10, mostly for same-sex couples — are invalid without Davis’ authorization. But they too have remained evasive over Davis’ plans, saying only that she will not violate her conscience.

Davis has refused to issue the licenses to any couple following the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in June allowing same-sex marriage. The forms given out while she was in jail do not bear her name.

SOURCE: Mike Wynn
The Courier-Journal

Full Statement from Liberty Counsel

Monday morning, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis returned to work and read from her handwritten statement just prior to opening the Clerk’s office. She began by saying, “I love my Lord Jesus, I love all people, and I love my job. I want to continue to serve all three as I have tried to do until now.” During parts of her statement, Kim Davis became emotional, especially when she explained that she had been placed in a position to violate her conscience, which she said she could not do.

Kim Davis said that from the beginning she had asked for a reasonable accommodation to remove her name and authoritative title as the Clerk of Rowan County from the marriage licenses, a request that has been ignored or not acted upon by Governor Beshear or the court. She explained that she could not issue a license with her name and title affixed to it that authorizes a marriage that is contrary to God’s definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Because she could not violate her conscience, Kim Davis spent six days in jail. Kim stated, “I spent six days in jail because I could not abandon my faith.” She was released last Tuesday. From then until now, Kim has spent time with her family and in prayer. She struggled with what to do, and finally in the early hours on September 14, she was at peace with the decision she announced today.

Toward the end of her statement, Kim Davis said, “Effective immediately, and until an accommodation is provided by those with the authority to provide it, any marriage license issued in my office will not be issued or authorized by me. I want the whole world to know … if any Deputy Clerk 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. However, any unauthorized marriage license that they issue will not have my name, my title, or my authority on it. Instead, the licenses will state that they are issued pursuant to a federal court order.” She mentioned that she has grave doubts whether such licenses are valid, but she again called upon the Governor, the legislature, and the court to act to accommodate her deeply held religious beliefs and those of other clerks in Kentucky.

Kim Davis ended the press conference by asking, “Are we not big enough, loving enough, and tolerant enough to find a way to accommodate my deeply held religious convictions. While my case may be the most visible right now, there are millions of people in public and private sectors that are in the same position and who also need reasonable accommodations.”

“Kim Davis is making a reasonable and good faith attempt to substantially comply with Judge Bunning’s order without violating her conscience. Kim should never have to choose between obeying God or leaving her elected position as the Clerk of Rowan County. Kim Davis renews her call to the Governor and the legislature to act to accommodate her and other clerks. The decision that Kim announced this morning balances her deeply held religious convictions while respecting the court order,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.

Liberty Counsel will continue to move forward with Kim Davis’s pending appeals, including the briefing due this week objecting to Judge Bunning’s expansion of his injunction order to the entire world.

Liberty Counsel is an international nonprofit, litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics.

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