Kentucky Attorney General: The marriage licenses are valid

Surrounded by family and media, Shannon Wampler-Collins, center left, and her partner Carmen Wampler-Collins leave the Rowan County Clerks Office after receiving their marriage license at the Rowan County Judicial Center in Morehead, Ky. Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis announced earlier that her office will issue marriage licenses under order of a federal judge, but will not have her name or office listed.

Surrounded by family and media, Shannon Wampler-Collins, center left, and her partner Carmen Wampler-Collins leave the Rowan County Clerks Office after receiving their marriage license at the Rowan County Judicial Center in Morehead, Ky. Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis announced earlier that her office will issue marriage licenses under order of a federal judge, but will not have her name or office listed. AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

Surrounded by family and media, Shannon Wampler-Collins, center left, and her partner Carmen Wampler-Collins leave the Rowan County Clerks Office after receiving their marriage license at the Rowan County Judicial Center in Morehead, Ky. Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis announced earlier that her office will issue marriage licenses under order of a federal judge, but will not have her name or office listed.AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

Surrounded by family and media, Shannon Wampler-Collins, center left, and her partner Carmen Wampler-Collins leave the Rowan County Clerks Office after receiving their marriage license at the Rowan County Judicial Center in Morehead, Ky. Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis announced earlier that her office will issue marriage licenses under order of a federal judge, but will not have her name or office listed.

A spokeswoman for Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says he has reviewed marriage licenses issued in Rowan County and believes they’re valid, despite arguments from the clerk who says they were granted without her authority.

Spokeswoman Allison Gardner Martin said Monday that Conway hasn’t been asked to issue a formal opinion on the validity of the licenses, but he believes that those issued while clerk Kim Davis was in jail and the one issued so far since her return to work are valid.

Davis was jailed for five days after a judge found her in contempt for refusing his order to issue marriage licenses. Davis believes gay marriage is a sin. She stopped issuing licenses after the Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage nationwide.

She returned to work Monday. In her absence, deputy clerks granted licenses. On Monday morning, deputy clerk Brian Mason gave a license to a lesbian couple. It has the words “pursuant to federal court order” typed on it.

Davis says she’s not interfering as deputies issue licenses but also says she isn’t authorizing them and questions whether they’re valid.

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