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With Kim Davis In Jail, Her Office Just Issued Their First Same-Sex Marriage License

CREDIT: AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

William Smith Jr., left, and his partner James Yates.

This morning the Rowan County Clerk’s office, which had not been issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples due to the religious objections of county clerk Kim Davis, issued its first license to a same-sex couple after Davis was taken into custody on Thursday for failing to comply with the law.

CNN reported that that William Smith Jr. and James Yates became the first same-sex couple to get their marriage license on Friday morning. The couple was previously denied a license on three different occasions.

On Thursday, other deputies in the Rowan County office maintained that they would be willing to issue licenses, but that they were “too afraid” to do so under the direction of Davis. Rowan County Attorney Cecil Watkins said in an interview that Davis “does not represent” the county or its values.