Kentucky clerk who wouldn’t issue licenses is out of jail

This Thursday, Aug. 3, 2015 photo made available by the Carter County Detention Center shows Kim Davis. The Rowan County, Ky. clerk went to jail Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, but five of her deputies agreed to comply with the law, ending a two-month standoff. (Carter County Detention Center via AP)

GRAYSON, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses because of her religious beliefs about gay couples says that “all is well” upon her release from jail on contempt charges.

Those were the only comments Rowan County clerk Kim Davis made Tuesday afternoon outside the jail. She smiled and appeared to be crying as she stood next to lawyer Mat Staver, with the Christian firm Liberty Counsel.

Staver says Davis is loyal to her God and her job. But he says she won’t violate her conscience and argues that the licenses issued by her office in her absence are invalid.

Davis refused to issue licenses after the Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage nationwide. She cited religious beliefs that gay marriage is a sin. A federal judge ordered her to jail Thursday. Five deputy clerks told the judge they’d issue the licenses. The judge said that she could be released by agreeing not to interfere with the deputies, but she rejected the offer.

Near the end of the news conference outside the jail, Davis was asked: “Was it worth it?” She smiled and nodded yes.

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