Flanked by Rowan County Sheriff's deputies and her son, Nathan, Davis said she loves God and her job but won't authorize the issuing of marriage licenses to gay couples.
"I am here before you this morning with a seemingly impossible choice, which I do not wish on any of my fellow Americans," she said. "My conscience or my freedom."
"My conscience or my ability to serve the people that I love," Davis said, choking back tears. "Obey God or a directive that forces me to disobey God."
Her decision was clear, she said: "Effective immediately, and until an accommodation is provided, by those with the authority to provide it, any marriage license issued by my office will not be issued or authorized by me."
"I love my deputy clerks and I hate that they have been caught in the middle. If any of them feels that they must issue an unauthorized license to avoid being thrown in jail, I understand their tough choice and I will take no action against them," Davis said, but added: "Any unauthorized license that they issue will not have my name, my title or my authority on it. Instead, the license will state that they are issued pursuant to a federal court order."
Davis is asking the Governor to change the guidelines and allow marriage licenses for gay couples to be issued under the "generic authority of the state," meaning I suppose that she would not have to have her name attached to their marriage licenses.
So to be clear Davis is still not complying with the law, and is instead simply not stopping the issuance of marriage licenses that she views as unauthorized and therefore illegal.
Yeah, she really needs to go.
And by the way she is not alone.