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Kim Davis Will Be Released from Prison

And just like that, the judge who ordered Kim Davis to go to jail has ordered her to be released:

U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning in Kentucky has ordered that Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis be released from jail.He ordered her not to interfere with clerks in her office issuing marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples.

Her release still leaves on the table a lot of important questions:

And just like that, the judge who ordered Kim Davis to go to jail has ordered her to be released:

U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning in Kentucky has ordered that Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis be released from jail.

He ordered her not to interfere with clerks in her office issuing marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples.

Her release still leaves on the table a lot of important questions:

Will Davis go back to work?

Will she get to keep her job?

Will she stand in the way of the deputy clerks who are signing marriage licenses for the time being?

For what reason was she released, and would those reasons apply to someone who wasn’t Christian or in the media spotlight? (Is she getting preferential treatment?)

I assume Davis hasn’t changed her mind on the issues, so everything that was still up in the air before she entered prison is still in question right now.

For now, U.S. District Judge David Bunning has said she can’t interfere with couples who want to obtain their marriage licenses:

In a two-page order, Bunning ordered the U.S. Marshal Service to her release on the condition that she shall not “interfere in any way, directly or indirectly, with the efforts of her deputy clerks to issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples.

If she does, Bunning said, “appropriate sanctions” will be considered.

He ordered court-appointed lawyers for the deputies to report every 14 days on their compliance.

It’s probably for the best. The longer she remained in prison, the longer politicians and Christian Right groups could use her as a symbol of all their false persecution claims.

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