She didn't. She's in jail now.
For the first time since the case broke, we've heard from her husband. I don't know his name. Let's just call him Four. (He is her fourth marriage, after all.)
On the radio today, I heard Four say something to the effect of the following. I don't have the exact quote, so I'm paraphrasing here:
We don't hate gay people. We love gay people. We just want the same rights that they have. They want us to accept their lifestyle, but they are refusing to accept ours.
Wait. What? We want him, and by extension and by law, his wife, to accept our gayness?
Hold the phone. We most certainly do not. At least, I don't. I don't care one iota whether he, his wife, their dog, or anyone else on this planet “accepts” me.
Bakers can not accept me.
Preachers can not accept me.
Librarians, teachers, poets, horse whisperers, circus clowns, presidential candidates, and chief bottle washers can not accept me.
But that doesn't mean they can discriminate against me. That doesn't mean they can get away with not doing their job, in the secular world, and discriminate against me.
Kim Davis doesn't have to like me or my wife to issue a marriage license. She doesn't have to like anyone to issue a marriage license. But if two people present themselves to her office with all of the required information needed to apply for a legal marriage license, and they are not prohibited by law from getting married, she must issue the license.
She doesn't have to like it. She just has to do it.
As for Four, he's just got it all kinds of backwards.
[On a side note, please don't be fooled that she didn't want to go to jail. This is exactly the martyr the extreme religious right has been hoping for. She'll be fine, even if she is removed from office. She'll probably get a book deal with a hefty advance, and if not, the right-wing funding machine will raise several years' salary as she gets used to wearing stripes.]