“However, the issue of religious freedom in this case is not a partisan issue,” he added. “It is neither Republican nor Democrat. It is an inalienable right and what makes America the land of liberty.”
Davis declined an interview request from The Associated Press.
Davis was released from jail earlier this month on the condition that she not interfere with her deputies issuing the licenses. But her legal woes persist: On the day she returned to the office, Davis altered the license forms to delete her name and her office, and replaced it with the line “pursuant to federal court order.”
The American Civil Liberties Union, which sued her on behalf of the couples she turned away, questioned the validity of the licenses, asked the judge to order her to reissue them or consider punishing her again.
Her lawyer, Mat Staver, founder of the Liberty Counsel, a law firm that opposes gay rights, did not say in his remarks Friday night what she intends to do, though hinted that she will not bow to the court’s order: she will not resign, he said, and she will not betray her conscience.
He said she has received thousands of letters from every state and across the globe, he claimed. People have stopped her in airports this week, as she’s traveled to make the rounds on television news programs. Strangers have hugged her, flashed her thumbs’ up, and stopped her to take selfies, Staver claimed.