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Rowan Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis was found in contempt early Thursday after she was ordered to court for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. According WBIR
, an NBC affiliate out of Knoxville, Tennessee, Davis was taken into federal custody and escorted from the courtroom after a judge found her in contempt.
Judge Banning handed down the order saying
The court cannot condone the willful disobedience of its lawfully issued order. If you give people the opportunity to choose which orders they follow, that’s what potentially causes problems.
Banning went on to direct that Ms. Davis be released once she agrees to comply with the order and issue marriage licenses to gay couples.
In an exclusive interview given to FOX News, Davis claimed she was ready to face jail time for her beliefs saying:
I’m very steadfast in what I believe. I don’t leave my conscience and my Christian soul out in my vehicle and come in here and pretend to be something I’m not. It’s easy to talk the talk, but can you walk the walk?
Davis went on to claim that she was "just a vessel God has chosen for this time and this place,” she said. “I’m no different than any other Christian. It was my appointed time to stand, and their time will come.”
For now, it looks like Davis will have plenty of time to ponder her conscience and "Christian soul" behind bars.
We'll continue to follow this story as it emerges.