FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The Kentucky county clerk known for spending five days in jail over her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples is attending the governor’s public swearing-in ceremony.
Rowan County clerk Kim Davis was at Tuesday’s event for Gov. Matt Bevin. Davis’ incarceration energized thousands of religious conservative voters. That aided Bevin, a Republican, in his campaign.
Davis’ case is still pending in federal court. Bevin has promised to issue an executive order removing the county clerks’ names from marriage licenses in Kentucky. Davis has said that would satisfy her conscience and potentially end the long-running issue.
Davis was a Democrat but recently changed to the Republican party. Her attorney, Mat Staver, said in a statement there was “no question” that Davis and the question of religious freedom played a role in Bevin’s victory.
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