Freed Kentucky clerk to skip work until Monday
MOREHEAD, Ky. - The day after she was released from jail, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis announced she would stay home from work until Monday, leaving unanswered whether she'll comply with a court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Davis's attorneys with the Christian law firm Liberty Counsel released a statement saying that she will spend the next several days resting with family and combing through the hundreds of letters she received during her five-day stint in jail.
Davis was held in contempt and jailed for defying a series of court orders and continuing to refuse to issue marriage licenses. In her absence, a deputy clerk began issuing them. The judge let her out Tuesday, with strict orders not to intervene.
Davis' attorneys would not say whether she intends to comply.
Residents of the eastern Kentucky town where Davis' office is said they are eager for things to return to normal. Davis' actions attracted news media and protesters from all over the country, and forced Morehead residents to confront each other with deeply held beliefs they had previously kept to themselves.
The Rowan County Rights Organization suspended all protests on Wednesday after a long hot summer protesting the marriage ban, which spokeswoman Nashia Fife said was difficult, since most of its members know Davis and her family personally.
Local pastor Randy Smith worries the situation will embolden activists on both sides, but hopes they can live together in peace.