What Kim Davis is Saying on Her First Day Back at Work

September 14th 2015

Mike Vainisi

Kim Davis is back at work Monday, and she is not backing down.

The Kentucky clerk says that while she will not prevent her deputy clerks from issuing marriage licenses, she is making it clear that any licenses issued are not authorized by the Rowan County Clerk's office. She's also continued to press her case in court.

A tearful #KimDavis returns to work, vowing to defy court order. She says no same-sex marriage licenses "will be authorized by me." cnn.it/1OPMDdH

Posted by CNN Politics on Monday, September 14, 2015

At a news conference Monday morning, a tearful Davis said that she's been given a "seemingly impossible choice ... my conscience or my freedom."

"My conscience or my ability to serve the people that I love,” Davis continued. "Obey God or a directive that forces me to disobey God."

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U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning said that Davis will go back to jail if she stops the deputy clerks from issuing licenses. Davis was detained on Sept. 3 and spent five days in jail for contempt of court after defying multiple orders that she resume issuing licenses.

"Davis shall not interfere in any way, directly or indirectly, with the efforts of her deputy clerks to issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples,” Bunning wrote. “If 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.”

The deputy clerks began issuing licenses again last week. At least one same-sex couple received a license on Monday, according to CNN:

First same-sex couple gets marriage license in Kentucky

First same-sex couple, Carmen and Shannon Wampler-Collins, get their marriage license at #KimDavis' office, issued by deputy clerk: http://cnn.it/1K9IXAb

Posted by CNN on Monday, September 14, 2015

"I love my deputy clerks, and I hate that they have been caught in the middle," Davis said Monday. "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."

For now, Davis seems to be complying, but the issue remains unresolved as Davis will likely lose her next appeal and once again be faced with the choice of issuing licenses or another stay in jail.

(h/t Daily Dot)


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