Rowan County clerk Kim Davis, who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, said Monday that while she would continue to stand by her convictions and not sign the licenses, she would not stand in the way of her deputies doing so.
After she was released from jail for "standing firm" in her religious convictions by disobeying a court order to issue marriage licenses, Davis' lawyer indicated that she might block her deputies from issuing the licenses in her stead. Her statement Monday, however, made clear that she would not do so.
"I'm here before you this morning with a seemingly impossible choice that I do not wish on any of my fellow Americans," a tearful Davis said minutes before she returned to work at Rowan County Courthouse Monday morning. "My conscience or my freedom. My conscience or my ability to serve the people that I love. Obey God or a directive that forces me to disobey God, even when there are reasonable accommodations available."
Though she said that she does not believe the marriage licenses issued by her deputies without her signature are valid, she stated that she would "take no action" against any of her deputies issuing the "unauthorized" licenses.
"If any of them feels that they must issue an unauthorized license to avoid being thrown in jail," said Davis, "I understand their tough choice and I will take no action against them."
"However, any unauthorized license that they issue will not have my name, my title or my authority on it," she underscored."Instead, the license will state that they are issued pursuant to a federal court order."
Davis has become the most nationally recognized figure in the stand-off between individuals' religious rights and the newly declared constitutional right to same-sex marriage. Despite her sudden notoriety, Davis emphasized Monday that she is no "hero."
"I am no hero," she said, "I'm just a person who has been transformed by the grace of God."
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