Davis made headlines after denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples earlier this summer. After four couples filed a lawsuit against the Kentucky clerk, Judge David Bunning found Davis in contempt of court, and sentenced her to time in a county jail. When she was released five days later, Davis was greeted by hundreds of supporters, while vowing to continue to deny marriage licenses.
In the time since she was sent to jail, the clerk's office had approved marriage licenses to same-sex couples, which Davis and her legal team attempted to have voided in court. Once she returned to work, Davis had been accused of altering marriage forms by removing her name and the county name from the official paperwork. Now after presenting court filings on Tuesday, Davis' lawyers has acknowledged that the licenses are legal and will no longer be challenged.
"Marriage licenses are being issued in Rowan County, which (Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear) and Kentucky attorney general have approved as valid, which are recognized by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and which are deemed acceptable by the couples who received them," Davis' legal team wrote. "The Kentucky governor and Kentucky attorney general both inspected the new licenses and publicly stated that they were valid and will be recognized as valid by the Commonwealth of Kentucky."
By Susie Madrak — October 15, 2015