I am torn on this.
There are actually solid non-religious reasons for her to refuse, so this is not just about religion. KY law is still at odds with the ruling (notice…ruling…NOT law) made by SCOTUS. Congress has not made a law regarding this issue. So, that actually leaves it to the states (not that the Constitution gives Congress the right to make laws regarding marriage, anyway).
Also, she could easily be accommodated by simply removing her name from the licenses as she asked them to do. She is willing to record them…just not issue them.
In other states, some clerks are resigning or the states are finding ways to accommodate them.
None of this had to be made into a big deal. 57 KY clerks asked back in June for protection when they saw the handwriting on the wall. It could have been done. It could be done now. The governor could call a special session to handle both making KY law line up with the ruling or exempting clerks from breaking KY law and removing the names of the clerks from the licenses or getting out of the business of issuing licenses at all…which is what a former governor suggested.
Simple steps to avoid all of this.
It is hard for me to blame her for not resigning. This is not what she was elected for. Things changed midstream…and help was requested long ago. Besides, the majority of KYians actually do not want to see homosexual marriages. That is important to consider, too, when people want to say that her constituency wants her to issue the licenses. Do they really? Some do, but the majority?
Lots of questions. Lots of viewpoints.