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Just what gay activists hoped to avoid: Clerk Kim Davis, the new face of Christian persecution

April Miller, left, and her partner Karen Roberts arrive to obtain their marriage license at the Rowan County Judicial Center in Morehead, Ky., Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. Miller, one of the plaintiffs in the suit against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, applied for her license with her partner less than 24 hours after Davis was jailed on contempt charges. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

April Miller, left, and her partner Karen Roberts arrive to obtain their marriage license at the Rowan County Judicial Center in Morehead, Ky., Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. Miller, one of the plaintiffs in the suit against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, applied for her license with her partner less than 24 hours after Davis was jailed on contempt charges. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)  (The Associated Press)

As a defiant Kentucky clerk sat in jail Friday, choosing indefinite imprisonment over licensing gay marriages, her lawyers approached the microphones outside and compared her to Dr. Martin Luther King.

Around the country, other supporters reached for Biblical heroes, comparing her to Silas and Daniel, imprisoned for their faith and rescued by God.

It's precisely the narrative gay rights advocates had hoped to avoid. But as Davis' mug shot rocketed around the Internet, it has become clear that the gay rights movement must battle this idea that Christianity is under siege.