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Supporters Rally for Kentucky Clerk Jailed in Gay Marriage Dispute

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Supporters rally at the Carter County Detention Center in Grayson, Ky., for Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who remains in jail for contempt of court, September 5, 2015.

Supporters rally at the Carter County Detention Center in Grayson, Ky., for Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who remains in jail for contempt of court, September 5, 2015.

Hundreds have gathered in support of a county clerk in Kentucky who was jailed for refusing a judge's order to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis said the Supreme Court's recent ruling on the issue conflicts with her Christian beliefs.

Deputies in Davis' office issued licenses to three same-sex couples Friday under the threat of jail time or fines if they did not comply with a federal judge's order.

But there is disagreement about whether the licenses are valid. Normally they require the signature of the elected clerk, which in this case is Davis.

Davis denied herself the opportunity to be released from jail Thursday. U.S. District Judge David Bunning said she could remain in jail until she agreed to obey his order.

On Saturday, Davis' husband, Joe, addressed the crowd outside the detention center in nearby Carter County, where his wife was being held on a contempt-of-court charge.

"She won't bow, I promise you," Davis told the crowd.

Davis' attorneys said she would relent only if state law were changed so that marriage licenses are not issued under the authority of county clerks. They claim the licenses that were issued to same-sex couples were not valid.

The state legislature will not meet again until January. Davis could be in jail for months.

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