NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) -- Having failed to ban same-sex marriage, many religious conservatives are now working to carve out protections for business owners and others who object to it on religious grounds.
To some of them, Kim Davis, a county clerk in Kentucky, is a hero for her willingness to go to jail rather than issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. But others think Davis' position as a government official makes her exactly the wrong figure to rally around.
Prominent Christian commentators have suggested Davis' case could drive away support for religious liberty issues by stirring up anger at a public servant who refuses to do her job.
Davis was released from jail Tuesday after a deputy clerk began issuing marriage licenses. Davis says she will return to her office Monday but has not said what she will do.