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Will Kim Davis defy federal court order when she returns to work Monday?

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Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, center, after her release from jail Tuesday Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, center, after her release from jail Tuesday

MOREHEAD, Ky. (WDRB) -- Rowan County clerk Kim Davis is expected to return to work at 8 a.m. Monday morning -- 10 days after she was jailed by a federal judge for failing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

And with an order by U.S. District Judge David Bunning to not interfere with the issuance of marriage licenses -- it will be up to Davis to determine whether or not she will return to jail or face further sanctions by the court.

"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," Bunning wrote in his Sept. 8 order that released her from the Carter County Detention Center.

Bunning agreed to release Davis last week after five of her six deputy clerks agreed to issue the marriage licenses in her absence.

Deputy clerk Bryan Mason has been issuing the licenses since Sept. 4 -- the first day that marriage licenses was issued to six same-sex couples in Rowan County.

Davis' attorney, Mat Staver, has said he doesn't know what Davis will do when she returns to work, however, he has repeatedly stated that Davis "will not violate her conscience."

“She thought about this a long time and prayed about it. And unless her name and her authority is taken off the licenses, she will not allow those licenses to issue under her name or her authority, that authorizes a marriage that's contrary to God's definition of marriage,” Staver said in an interview last week.

University of Louisville  law professor Sam Marcosson says Davis risks putting Bunning in a position of having to show he’s serious.

Marcosson says Bunning could send Davis back to jail, fine her, or both until she complies. Or Bunning could go a step further and put her on trial for criminal charges.

Meanwhile, crowds of people are expected to gather outside the courthouse on Monday. 

Producers of the faith-based film "Audacity" are asking Christians in Morehead to "show Christian love" to those gathered, handing out free copies of the film, as well as giving out T-shirts and posters.

A four-story air banner in rainbow colors proclaiming #LoveWins and promoting "Audacity" will also be flown over the courthouse.

A group called Oath Keepers, a right-wing group made up of former police and military, says it is coming to Kentucky to provide “security” for Davis in case federal agents try to arrest her.


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