Appearing Monday on CNN, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum called for passage of a federal bill which would protect opponents of gay marriage.

Introduced June 17 by Republican Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Paul Labrador of Idaho, the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) seeks to bar federal “discriminatory action” against those who oppose such unions based on a “religious belief or moral conviction.”

“The Federal Government shall not take any discriminatory action against a person, wholly or partially on the basis that such person believes or acts in a religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or that sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage,” the bill states.

During his CNN appearance, Santorum said that he would advise Kim Davis, the elected clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, to follow her conscience as she returns to work after serving five days in jail for refusing to comply with a federal judge's ruling ordering her to issue marriage licenses to all qualified couples.

A lesbian couple was able to receive a marriage license on Monday from a deputy clerk in Davis' office. Davis remained in her office as the women were being served.

“Kim Davis has every right to say that this should be a religious accommodation, and I believe that the state of Kentucky, as well as the federal government, should be passing things like the First Amendment Defense Act, which does provide for accommodations for people both in government and outside government who have religious convictions that differ with the court ruling,” Santorum said on CNN.

However, FADA goes beyond accommodations. Under FADA, sending Davis to jail for refusing to comply with a federal judge's order could be construed as a “discriminatory action.”