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Kim Davis is allowing deputies to issue marriage licenses to gay couples

Kim Davis' booking photo (Photo: Carter County Detention Center).
Kim Davis’ booking photo (Photo: Carter County Detention Center).

Kim Davis has finally relented in her fight against same-sex marriage and is allowing her deputies to issue marriage licenses to couples.

United States District Judge David Bunning has found that Davis has been allowing her deputies to issue licenses since September, complying with a previous court order. Davis removed her name, title and references to Rowan County from marriage licenses last year after she lost a legal battle for refusing to issue licenses.

Furthermore, Bunning rejected a request from the ACLU to force Davis to reissue any licenses issued after Davis had tampered with them. He believes they are still considered valid under Kentucky law — something previously questioned by LGBT activists.

“There is every reason to believe that any altered licenses…would be recognized under Kentucky law,” Bunning said in a Tuesday ruling, according to ABC News, and as such the ACLU’s request was “moot.”

Mat Staver, Davis’ attorney, tried to put a positive spin on the fact that Davis has ultimately lost her fight to prevent same-sex marriage licenses being issued by her office, categorizing the ACLU’s fight against Davis as a personal attack.

“From the beginning, we have said the ACLU is not interested in marriage licenses. They want Kim Davis’ scalp,” Staver wrote. “They want to force her to violate her conscience. I am glad the court rejected this bully tactic.”

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