And if she also had a religious conviction against people keeping dogs as pets, would she refuse to issue dog licenses?
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned down a Kentucky county clerk's request for an emergency order allowing her to continue to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples while she appeals a federal judge's order requiring her to do so.
It was unclear whether Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis would begin issuing marriage licenses when the office reopens on Tuesday. Attorneys representing Davis could not be reached immediately for comment.
Davis has refused to issue any marriage licenses since the U.S. Supreme Court in June ruled that same-sex couples had the right to marry under the U.S. Constitution, arguing that it violated her religious beliefs.
Eight people filed a federal lawsuit against Davis in July challenging her office policy of not issuing marriage licenses to any couples – gay or straight. Gay couples requesting licenses have been turned away.
"Hopefully, we'll get marriage licenses being issued in Rowan County without further delay," said attorney Joe Dunman, who represents the plaintiffs.
Dunman said the couples were anxious to get their licenses.
U.S. District Judge David Bunning earlier in August said Davis had to live up to her responsibilities as the county clerk despite her religious convictions, and he issued a preliminary injunction requiring her to issue marriage licenses.
At least two other federal lawsuits are challenging Davis' refusal to issue marriage licenses. Davis may face other legal challenges. Attorney General Jack Conway's office is reviewing a request for a special prosecutor to determine if Davis has committed official misconduct, spokeswoman Allison Martin said.Let's hope she gets the message that she is a county clerk with institutional responsibilities defined by law. If her conscience will not allow her to issue marriage licenses to gay people she should pursue another line of work or rethink her conscience.
But I think we can guess what will happen next---she'll end up leaving the job and getting a new gig as professional martyr on Fox News, something to which her delicate conscience will have no objections.