With Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee by her side, Rowan (Kentucky) County Clerk Kim Davis walked out to the famous Rocky song “Eye of the Tiger” as white crosses were waved in the air Tuesday. She was freed from the Carter County Detention Center after five days behind bars. Davis was jailed last week for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Davis, 49, appeared to relish the display of support. She waved at the crowd but was too choked up to speak at times.
“Thank you all so much, I love you all so very much,” she said after she composed herself. “I just want to give God the glory. His people have rallied and you are a strong people. Just keep on pressing. Don’t let down. Because He is here.”
“Eye of the Tiger” and “Mike Huckabee” quickly became top-trending topics on Twitter. Some people were upset that Davis chose the song to make her entry. Others, who didn’t watch her speak live, thought people were joking about Davis walking out to “Eye of the Tiger.”
Ok They Played eye of the Tiger for Kim Davis to come out of jail. I can't ya'll. this is TEW MUCH.
— ProfB (@AntheaButler) September 8, 2015
When people said "Eye of the Tiger" was played, I honestly thought they were making a joke. https://t.co/W8WMuZKkzk
— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) September 8, 2015
New rule: No 'Eye of the Tiger' unless you commit to running up the Philly Museum steps or punching a side of beef. https://t.co/RASq8IOtDB
— Patina of Good Taste (@lizzrest) September 8, 2015
Davis has become an icon to many religious conservatives after she refused to approve licenses for same-sex couples despite the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June. She said she cannot allow her name to be on a gay marriage license. She was released because her office started to issue same-sex marriage licenses in her absence.
“Defendant Davis shall not interfere in any way, directly or indirectly, with the efforts of her deputy clerks to issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples,” U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning said, according to the New York Times. “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.”
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