(CN) – Satisfied that Rowan County, Ky., is fulfilling its duty to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, a federal judge ordered the release of court clerk Kim Davis from jail Tuesday.
Davis was jailed on Thursday after U.S. District Judge David Bunning held her in contempt of court for refusing to marriage licenses, based on her belief that enabling gay couples to marry violates her religion.
Bunning said at last week’s contempt hearing that “the idea of natural law superseding this court’s authority would be a dangerous precedent indeed.”
The judge’s two-page ruling ordering Davis release Tuesday stipulates that Davis cannot interference with her deputy clerks issuing marriage licenses “to all legally eligible couples.”
“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,” Bunning wrote.
With the five deputy clerks who work under Davis pledging to issue marriage licenses to couples, gay or straight, Bunning ordered these workers to file reports with his court every two weeks to ensure compliance, “unless otherwise excused by the court.”
Bunning decided to release Davis from custody after status reports indicted that marriage licenses were being properly issued in her county.
And here is Judge Bunning’s two page ruling. Click here.