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Posted: Monday, September 21, 2015 9:18 pm

A setting sun and cool breeze set the stage on Monday evening as members of the community reunited in the name of peace.

More than 90 people gathered for a unity celebration on the lawn of the Rowan County Arts Center. The Rowan County Middle School choir and band, Mountain Sound, performed while members of the crowd wrote down reasons why they loved Rowan County on a large chalkboard.

“It shows what we are as a community,” said Mayor Jim Tom Trent. “It was much needed.”

The community had been in the spotlight since late June when County Clerk Kim Davis refused to issue marriage licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized it across the nation. The attention continued as those who supported and opposed same-sex marriage rallied outside the Rowan County Courthouse nearly every day.

Davis was incarcerated for five days after she was found in contempt of court by U.S. District Judge David Bunning on Sept. 3. Her deputy clerks resumed the issuance of licenses and Davis was released on the condition that she didn’t interfere with the process. Some people have questioned the validity of the documents if Davis’ name is not present.

“There’s no need to protest so long that [the deputy clerks] continue to give marriage licenses,” Rowan County Rights Coalition spokeswoman Mary Hargis said. “However, if they’re invalid then we have a problem.”

Coalition secretary Nashia Fife believes that Davis’s actions are “between her and the legal system.” The grass-roots organization plans to suggest a compromise to legislature in January. The coalition hopes a bill can be passed to end the marriage license controversy.

According to Fife, the coalition has left Davis in its rear view as it moves forward.

Trent said on Monday that because he is the mayor of Morehead, he possesses no authority over public officials in the county. He believes the question is best left to the courts.

On Sept. 14, when Davis returned to work, she altered the marriage forms, raising the question of the validity of the licenses. Changes to the marriage license forms made by Davis after her return to work have sparked debate over the validity of the forms.

Coalition spokeswoman Mary Hargis told The Trail Blazer at least one same-sex couple must "put their wedding plans on hold to accommodate Kim Davis" after they received a license form on Sept. 14.

A full interview with Davis on ABC's "Good Morning America" is set for Tuesday morning. Davis is also to appear on FOX News’ “Kelly File” Wednesday night.

On Monday, the unity gathering ended with the crowd joining hands in a moment of silence.

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