The Kim Davis saga continues as she has returned to work following a five-day stint behind bars.
The Kentucky county clerk and self-proclaimed devout Christian found herself in jail after she disobeyed the Supreme Court and refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.
Since she’s been in lock-up, her deputies issued about seven same sex marriage licenses.
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Davis announced today that as she returns to work she will not interfere with her deputies if they keep issuing them, however she will not authorize them which will belittle their validity.
"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," Davis said outside of her office. "However, any unauthorized license that they issue will not have my name, my title or my authority on it. Instead, the license will state that they are issued pursuant to a federal court order."
Depsite Davis and her attorneys’ claims that marriage licenses issued without her signature are “unauthorized” the Kentucky governor, attorney general and the county attorney all said the deputy-issued licenses are valid.
"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," Davis added through crocodile tears. "I am no hero. I'm just a person that's been transformed by the grace of God, who wants to work, be with my family. I just want to serve my neighbors quietly without violating my conscience."
One of Davis’ deputies, Brian Mason, has already been issuing licenses to same sex couples in Davis’ absence and he said he will continue to do so despite her objections.
Davis was forced to standby on her first day back to work and watch Mason distribute a marriage license to a lesbian couple, a deed that received cheers and applause from a crowd of civilians and media outlets.