In contemporary America, Judges are always declaring things to be so when they are not – deeming things. It might seem the judge in Kentucky could do that now, and just declare that the marriage licenses were valid without the clerk’s signature, or more boldly just say that Kim Davis* was deemed to have signed the marriage licenses. Then the happy couples could celebrate their union, sharing a fancy cake with all their friends. But that misses the point.
The point is not that the happy couple should be able to marry and celebrate, but that Kim Davis must be compelled to sign against her conscience or, second best, be forced to quit her job.
*UPDATE: It’s worth noting that Kim Davis is a Democrat.