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Kim Davis Isn't Back to Work... Yet

Kim Davis Isn't Back to Work... Yet

Kim Davis

The freed Kentucky clerk who earns $80,000 a year and has already skipped several days of work to avoid having to face same-sex couples asking for marriage licenses is taking at least a few more days following her release from jail. 

A Kentucky clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to any couples after the Supreme Court approved marriage equality has decided to take a few more days off upon winning her freedom. Kim Davis will return to work as soon as Friday, according to the Associated Press.
Davis, an Apostolic Christian, was freed Tuesday on the condition that if she continues to interfere with the issuance of marriage licenses when she does return to her perch as Rowan County clerk, she could be jailed again.
However Davis's lawyer, Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel, a Christian law firm, told the wire service, "Kim cannot and will not violate her conscience," indicating that more drama may yet unfold.
Davis was released Tuesday after U.S. District Judge David Bunning said he was satisfied that marriage licenses were being issued in her absence by five deputy clerks during her time in jail.
But Staver told the AP that licenses issued by Davis's deputies were invalid since they were not issued under her authority, though the Kentucky attorney general's office disagreed.
Upon her release, Davis could be seen on video greeting supporters outside the detention center, wearing her signature two shirts, her hair pulled back from her face. In a billowy voice, eerily reminiscent of Kathy Bates's finest performances and surrounded by white crosses, she said with her arms raised upwards: "I just want to give God the glory. His people have rallied, and you are a strong people."

As to whether Davis will issue marriage licenses when she returns to work, Staver told the Associated Press, "You'll find out in the near future."
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