A day after a federal judge jailed Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, six gay and lesbian couples were issued marriage licenses at the county courthouse.

The first couple to arrive were James Yates, 41, and William Smith, 33. The men waded through a throng of reporters and news cameras as they made their way to the counter. Brian Mason, a deputy clerk, offered his congratulations in presenting the couple with their license.

The men faced cheers and jeers from dozens of protesters as they emerged from the courthouse.

“I think it shows that equality is everywhere,” an emotional Smith said.

But the standoff was far from over.

Davis, an elected official, remains behind bars. Her lawyer, Mat Staver of the Christian conservative Liberty Counsel, told reporters that the licenses issued Friday were not valid without his client's signature.

“They are not worth the paper they're written on,” Staver said.

Cecil Watkins, the Rowan County attorney, disagreed, saying that the licenses would be valid.

Outside the courthouse, Joe Davis, Kim Davis' fourth husband, protested his wife's jailing by holding a sign that read, “Welcome to Sodom and Gomorrah.” He said that his wife would remain jailed “as long as it takes.”

Staver agreed, saying that Davis is “not going to resign and she's not going to violate her conscience.”

Davis was taken into custody on Thursday after a federal judge found her in contempt for refusing to comply with his ruling ordering her to issue marriage licenses to all qualified couples. Rather than issue marriage licenses to gay couples after the Supreme Court struck down gay marriage bans in all 50 states, Davis stopped issuing marriage licenses to all couples. Four couples, two of whom are gay, filed a federal lawsuit. The Supreme Court on Monday declined to intervene in the case.