GRAYSON, Ky. (AP) — 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 federal judge who ordered Rowan County clerk Kim Davis jailed five days earlier granted her release today and warned her not to interfere as deputy clerks in her office issue the licenses.

Lawyer Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel refused to say whether Davis would obey that order. He says, "Kim Davis cannot and will not violate her conscience." She appeared to be crying and said little. She was asked: "Was it worth it?" She smiled and nodded.

Staver also didn't answer questions about when Davis would return to work.