Rowan County clerk Kim Davis admits she has had a less than perfect life, having worked through personal problems and four marriages in a small rural county in Kentucky. But there is one thing the 49-year-old says she does not doubt: She knows the difference between heaven and hell, and how to get there.Davis was in a Kentucky jail on Friday after citing “God’s authority” for her refusal to follow court orders and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. With their boss locked up for contempt, her deputy clerks resumed issuing marriage licenses on Friday, including to three same-sex couples.Outside the clerk’s office, a crowd gathered. Some shouted “Love won!” while others held up signs citing the biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah as Davis became the latest symbol of the fight between religious and civil authority. Her supporters see her as a prisoner of religious conscience; her detractors maintain she is paying the price for being a public official who was derelict in her duties.It was not clear how long she would remain jailed; her attorneys said they would appeal the contempt finding. Standing firm in her defiance, Davis believes the marriage licenses issued without her authority Friday are void and she is prepared to stay in jail to uphold her religious beliefs, her attorneys told reporters.Davis had stopped issuing all marriage licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. The lifelong resident of conservative Rowan County sees gay marriage as a “heaven or hell decision,” and said she had no choice but to oppose the licenses. After Davis was sued by four couples — two gay and two straight — District Court Judge David Bunning ruled that she must issue the licenses. She unsuccessfully fought that case to the U.S. Supreme Court.On Thursday in Ashland, Ky., Bunning ordered her to jail, saying, “The court cannot condone the willful disobedience of its lawfully issued order.” Lawyers for the couples seeking the contempt charge had asked for a fine rather than imprisonment.Some Republican presidential candidates — who view the case as part of a continuing fight to protect what they consider Christian values from a rapidly changing society — have rushed to defend Davis, who, ironically, won election as a …Read More