A federal judge has freed Rowan County, Ky., Clerk Kim Davis from jail.
Judge Bunning issued several conditions, ordering her to “not interfere in any way, directly or indirectly, with the efforts of her deputy clerks to issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples.” He he said that any such action would be regarded as “a violation” of his released order.
But even while behind bars, where she was held in contempt of court, Davis had refused to comply with the orders to issue licenses and her lawyers publicly questioned whether licenses issued since her incarceration are valid.
A crowd of at least 500 people gathered outside the court to see Davis, with Christian rock music blaring from loudspeakers, Louisville's Courier-Journal reported.
According to The New York Times, demonstrators lined up along the roadway, where a sign leaning against a truck proclaimed, “Judges Don’t Make Laws And Are Not Above the Law.”
Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee traveled to the jail Tuesday to visit Davis behind bars, where reportedly she spent her time reading the Bible.
Sen. Cruz and Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, were joined at the afternoon rally by Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council and attorney Staver.
Dawn Ennis contributed to this report.