Kim Davis – the court clerk for Rowan County, Kentucky – returned to work on Monday following a 5-day jail stint, and she looked on as a same-sex couple was granted a license by her deputy clerk. During a press conference at 8 am, Davis stated that she would not comply with a judge’s order to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, but she would not stop her deputies from issuing them.
Shortly after, Carmen and Shannon Wampler-Collins arrived at the Rowan County clerk’s office to apply for a marriage license. And even though Carmen and Shannon are not married yet, they share the same last name because they had them changed before the legalization of gay marriage in the United States.
The couple – who live in Lexington and are raising two boys together – said that it was important to them to obtain a marriage license in Morehead, Carmen’s hometown. The Wampler-Collinses’ license was issued and signed by deputy clerk Brian Mason, and it states that it was issued “pursuant to a federal court order”.
At the same time, Davis was hiding out in her office with the blinds drawn, and a sheriff’s deputy was seen guarding the door. And while the county clerk and her attorneys are continuing to raise questions about the validity of marriage licenses issued without her authorization, Carmen and Shannon Wampler-Collins said that they were not too concerned about that.