Judge orders Kentucky clerk’s release from jail

Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk Kim Davis was jailed last week for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Photo courtesy of Carter County Detention Center/Handout via Reuters

Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk Kim Davis was jailed last week for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Photo courtesy of Carter County Detention Center/Handout via Reuters

WASHINGTON — A judge in Kentucky ordered the release of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis from jail but ordered that she cannot interfere with distributing marriage licenses, the Associated Press reported.

Meanwhile, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is heading to a Kentucky jail to support the county clerk imprisoned for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier says the Texas senator will meet with Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis on Tuesday afternoon. Another Republican presidential hopeful, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, had previously announced plans to meet with Davis Tuesday.

Davis has become a conservative hero since being jailed last Thursday. The GOP’s evangelical wing says she should be allowed to deny same-sex marriage licenses because of her religious beliefs. The Supreme Court made same-sex marriage the law of the land in June.

Frazier says Cruz won’t attend an afternoon rally with Huckabee and other Davis supporters outside the Carter County Detention Center where Davis is being held.

The post Judge orders Kentucky clerk’s release from jail appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

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