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(AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley). Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis listens to a customer following her office's refusal to issue marriage licenses at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley). Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis listens to a customer following her office's refusal to issue marriage licenses at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015.

GRAYSON, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue marriage licenses because of her religious beliefs is free from jail, where she's been held since Thursday on a contempt of court charge.
   U.S. District Judge David Bunning lifted the contempt order Tuesday and ordered Rowan County clerk Kim Davis released.
   Bunning's ruling says he's satisfied that Davis' office is complying with orders to grant marriage licenses. He ordered Davis not to interfere with that business. Deputy clerks have been issuing the licenses. Five of the six deputies told Bunning they would do so, although some were reluctant and cited religious beliefs. Bunning's ruling requests updates on the five deputy clerks' compliance from their lawyers every 14 days.
   Bunning sent Davis to jail on Thursday. Before the release order, GOP presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz each had planned jailhouse visits with her Tuesday afternoon.
   Outside the jail, word spread the crowd. Some said they couldn't believe it. Supporters chanted "Let Kim go!" and handed out white crosses. Police officers and others gathered at the front door. Davis' husband, Joe Davis, went inside. Huckabee and then Cruz followed shortly after.
 

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GRAYSON, Ky. (AP) -- The Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue marriage licenses because of her religious beliefs will be released from jail, where she's been held since Thursday on a contempt of court charge.
   U.S. District Judge David Bunning lifted the contempt order Tuesday and ordered Rowan County clerk Kim Davis released. Bunning ordered her not to interfere with the issuing of gay marriage licenses.
   Bunning sent Davis to jail on Thursday after she refused to comply with his order that Davis issue marriage licenses. She had refused to grant licenses to any couples, gay or straight, since shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage.
   Outside the jail where Davis is held, word spread slowly through a crowd of supporters Tuesday afternoon. Some said they couldn't believe the news.
   

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