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The Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses because of her religious beliefs has been released from jail, where she's was held since Thursday on a contempt of court charge.
    
She emerged Tuesday afternoon to hundreds of supporters outside the jail. They sang "Amazing Grace" and "God Bless America" as her lawyer spoke to the crowd and news outlets gathered outside.

The Kentucky clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses because of her religious beliefs about gay couples says that "all has been well" upon her release from jail on contempt charges.
    
Those were the only comments Rowan County clerk Kim Davis made Tuesday afternoon outside the jail. She smiled and appeared to be crying as she stood next to lawyer Mat Staver and GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. Huckabee and fellow candidate Ted Cruz had planned jailhouse visits before Davis was ordered released.
    
Staver says Davis is loyal to God and her job. But he says she won't violate her conscience and argues that the licenses issued by her office in her absence are invalid. He says she cannot allow her name to be associated with something that conflicts with God's definition of marriage.
    
Near the end of the news conference outside the jail, Davis was asked: "Was it worth it?" She smiled and nodded yes.
    
The crowd grew to the thousands. Christian flags and a few Confederate ones waved.

Davis later spoke to a crowd gathered outside the jail.

"Thank you all so much, I love you all so very much," she cried.

The federal judge who ordered Rowan County clerk Kim Davis jailed five days earlier granted her release Tuesday and warned her not to interfere as deputy clerks in her office issue the licenses.
    
Davis refused to issue marriage licenses after the Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage nationwide. Davis repeatedly defied court orders to grant the licenses. She cited "God' authority" and her deeply held religious beliefs that gay marriage is a sin.

U.S. District Judge David Bunning lifted the contempt order Tuesday and ordered Rowan County clerk Kim Davis released. Bunning ordered her not to interfere with the issuing of gay marriage licenses. Read the official release court documents here.
    
Bunning sent Davis to jail on Thursday after she refused to comply with his order that Davis issue marriage licenses. She had refused to grant licenses to any couples, gay or straight, since shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage.
    
Her lawyers spent the Labor Day weekend appealing the judge's decision to put her in jail.

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