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US public servant becomes face of anti-gay marriage fight

A man preaches that being gay is a sin while surrounded by same-sex marriage supporters in front of the federal courthouse on September 3, 2015 in Ashland, KentuckyBy refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Kim Davis — taken into federal custody Thursday — has gone from being a public servant to a heroine for millions of Americans opposed to the new law of the land. Republican presidential hopefuls immediately jumped on the bandwagon, capitalizing on the image of an outspoken Christian woman heading to jail as evidence for their narratives of religious persecution. Until recently, few outside Kentucky’s rural Rowan County had heard of Davis.

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