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Posted: Thursday, September 3, 2015 2:02 pm

ASHLAND A handcuffed Kim Davis was escorted to jail and U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered six deputy clerks to start issuing marriage licenses in Rowan County.

Kim Davis Mug Shot
Carter County Detention Center

“I do expect compliance,” said Bunning. “I’m hopeful everyone understands which side I’m on.”

Same-sex marriage advocates rushed out of the courthouse around 1:15 p.m. and said the embattled county clerk would be held in contempt of court. The words “love wins” were chanted on the courthouse steps. Religious freedom supporters quieted, but continued to express loyalty to Davis.

"I'm ready to bond [Davis] out," said Serena Smith of Morehead. "Throw me in, I'll sit with her. I don't mind."

Davis nearly returned to the courtroom after the six Rowan County deputy clerks were questioned. She was granted another opportunity to comply with Bunning's order but refused again. She maintained that she would not authorize the clerks to issue marriage licenses.

Davis, 49, has cited religious convictions and refused to issue licenses to any couples since the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage in June.

Five of the six deputy clerks told Bunning that they would issue licenses. He ordered them to start Friday morning. The only deputy clerk who refused was Nathan Davis, the son of Kim Davis.

Bunning said he would “hate” for the denial of marriage licenses in Rowan County to continue. “That shows a level of disrespect,” he said. Bunning expects marriage licenses to be issued Friday morning. “There’s a football game Saturday,” he said with laugh.

Even if the office issues marriage licenses, Bunning said that he is unsure if the documents would be valid without a signature from Davis.

Still, same-sex couples from Rowan County were hopeful they’d take the next step toward marriage on Friday.

“Tomorrow, as a couple, will be a very important day in our lives,” said Dr. April Miller as she stood next to her partner Karen Roberts.

The pair was one of six couples suing Davis through the American Civil Liberties Union.

“Today for the first time in history, an American citizen has been incarcerated for having the belief … that marriage is between one man and one woman,” said Roger Gannam, Davis’ lawyer.

Davis will remain in the Carter County Detention Center until she complies with the judge’s order.

Jordan Simonson and Patrick Brumback contributed to this story. 

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