The federal judge who threw Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis in jail last year for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples said she had not interfered with the process since her release, and that licenses with her name removed should still be valid.
U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning ruled late on Tuesday that Rowan County’s Davis, who spent five days in jail last September for her stand on marriage licenses for gay couples, had not interfered with her deputies’ issuing the licenses.
When she returned to work, Davis removed her name, title and personal authorization from the licenses.
“There was every reason to believe” the forms she altered would be deemed valid by state officials, Bunning said, adding that the court would continue to monitor Davis and her office.
Citing her beliefs as an Apostolic Christian, Davis, 50, drew national attention for her refusal to issue any licenses after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June made same-sex marriage legal across the nation. Homosexual and heterosexual couples subsequently sued her, and her jailing drew international attention and demonstrations from both sides of the issue.