Kim Davis Already Vows To Break The One Condition Of Her Release; Will Likely Be Heading Back To Jail

On Tuesday, just as shameless self-promoters Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz were setting up folding chairs for their big “#StandWithKim” event outside the Kentucky prison in which embattled county clerk Kim Davis was housed, a judge said Davis could leave. It may have taken the wind out of Huckabee’s sails, but conservatives immediately celebrated Davis’s freedom as a victory for conservative Christianity. However, they shouldn’t pop the champagne corks just yet, as it’s highly probable that Davis will be back in jail before the first glass is even poured.

Judge David Bunning, the same judge who threw Davis in jail in the first place, made it clear that Davis hadn’t “won” anything. Her release was based on the actions of her county clerk staff, and on the condition that she start following their lead and allowing same-sex couples to receive marriage licenses in her office.

According to the judge’s order:

Defendant Davis shall be released from the custody of the U.S. Marshal forthwith. Defendant Davis shall not interfere in any way, directly or indirectly, with the efforts of her deputy clerks to issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples. If Defendant Davis should interfere in any way with their issuance, that will be considered a violation of this Order and appropriate sanctions will be considered.

In other words: You keep breaking the law, you’re headed right back to where you just came from.

Instead of taking the judge’s advice, and perhaps upset that his actions robbed her of her status as a Christian martyr, Davis and her lawyers vowed that she would not be following those orders.

As reported by CNN’s Martin Savidge:

“The problem here is that the attorney says she has not changed her mind, that Kim Davis is adamant that as long as her name appears on those marriage licenses, she objects and she will attempt to stop those licenses from being distributed. Which means if she goes back on the job as is expected, she will bring the process to a halt. That’s what her attorneys believe.

They have said they expect her to go by her conscience which means we may go through this all again.”

So Davis is back to square one. She still refuses to resign, still refuses to let her staff issue the licenses in her stead, and still refuses to issue them herself. She’s almost certainly headed back to jail.

These are the things that make it difficult to buy the premise pushed by people like Huckabee that say Davis is the victim here. How many chances does she get to do the right thing before it’s clear that she is the one with the issue here? How much more lenient can Judge Bunning be before Davis is satisfied?

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