A federal judge dismissed three lawsuits against a clerk who refused last year to issue marriage licenses to gay couples in Rowan County, Ky.

Kim Davis argued at the time that her Christian faith barred her from complying. She continued to block the license requests even after the state and county shifted the marriage license duties to others.

Davis' refusal, which landed her in jail briefly, came shortly after the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples' right to marry is protected under the United States Constitution.

After she was released from prison, same-sex couples brought lawsuits against her alleging violations of their civil rights.

This week, though, U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning, the same person who placed Davis in jail in 2015 after he found her in contempt of court, dismissed all the lawsuits, the Courier Journal reported.

"Bunning noted that last January, Gov. Matt Bevin signed an order removing names of county clerks from marriage licenses, and that the General Assembly later passed legislation which creates a new marriage license form that does not require the county clerk's signature," the report noted.

The judge wrote of his decision that "in light of these proceedings, and in view of the fact that the marriage licenses continue to be issued without incident, there no longer remains a case or controversy before the court."

The group representing Davis, the Liberty Counsel, was thrilled with the announcement.

"Kim Davis has won! We celebrate this victory for her and for every American," said Mat Staver, who heads the Liberty Counsel, the group representing Davis. "This victory is not just for Kim Davis. It is a victory for everyone who wants to remain true to their deeply held religious beliefs regarding marriage while faithfully serving the public."

The ACLU of Kentucky, which represented the side bringing lawsuits against Davis, issued no comment on the ruling.

"As we've said in the past, the true victory is that all loving Kentucky couples can obtain marriage licenses without fear of discrimination," a spokeswoman told the Courier Journal.