Judge orders Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis released now that deputies are issuing same-sex marriage licenses

Her release is dependent upon her not interfering, "directly or indirectly," with the issuing of marriage licenses

Published September 8, 2015 5:03PM (EDT)

  (AP/Timothy D. Easley)
(AP/Timothy D. Easley)

Hours before a rally outside the Carter County Jail where she is being held was to commence, U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered embattled Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis "released to the custody of the U.S. Marshals," so long as she does "not interfere, directly or indirectly, with the efforts of her deputy clerks to issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples."

Just this morning, her lawyer told CNN that while it was "a travesty for Kim Davis to have been in jail for six days now," she would be willing to remain there until the state legislature reconvened and could vote to impeach her in January.

Bunning wrote that "[i]f Defendant Davis should interfere in any way with their issuance, that will be considered a violation of this order and appropriate sanctions will be considered." This could be a reference to the fact that Bunning only opted to jail her because he believed she would use money made through crowdfunding to pay any fine he levied against her -- a criterion that became irrelevant after the most popular sites refused to allow her supporters to do so.

Davis was to have been visited at the jail by GOP presidential hopefuls Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee today, with the latter hosting a rally right outside her window afterward.

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