Eh, this was pretty inevitable; when most of the states still considered it illegal folks with their tightly-held beliefs could point to the law to enforce their own ideology, ("You can't get married, see, says right here!") and therefore were pretty secure in these positions since it meshed with their own beliefs. Now that this is no longer the case, of course, anyone who had previously held the law up as a beacon will drop it like a very hot potato, and be forced to decide if they want to move on to a job that won't pester them with such things, or if they'd rather end up in jail for contempt of court. I'm honestly surprised we're only hearing about one, though not sure how many Clerks there are in total. Figured there'd be a string of resignations from people who just couldn't bear to deal with enabling same-sex couples to wed. =P It is a shame that this woman dragged it out to this extent, but apparently she felt it necessary to take a stand, so suppose it was her choice.
The important thing is that, end of the day, her attempts to evade it didn't work out, and her attempts to flat-out ignore and take her stand resulted in the law treating her as it would any other lawbreaker. I was actually concerned that, when push came to shove, the courts would sort of kid-glove the issue and try to find a workaround to keep her happy- and they apparently half did by asking if she'd accept release from jail in exchange for enabling her deputies to sign the documents, which she still refused in favor of stubbornly remaining in jail- buuuut nope, it's all turning out surprisingly well. The certificates are being distributed, regardless of her explicit opposition to it, and given her ongoing refusal, I wouldn't be surprised if she's removed from her position sooner or later.
And before anyone asks 'But you'd see this woman lose her JOB?' my answer is 'She's not DOING her job, so I'd rather see this woman lose the PAYCHEQUE for the job she isn't DOING.'
Still, it'll be really interesting watch the inevitable hyperbole and soapbox-grandstanding that's probably going to take place as they try to make it look like her being in jail wasn't her conscious and deliberate choice, but rather the machinations of something something liberal somethings. Roommate mentioned that one of her supporters referred to her as 'A Jew In Nazy Germany,' which made me facepalm myself so hard I'm still seeing double. -_-
Zanten, Doer Of The Things
Unless He Forgets In Which Case Zanten, Forgetter Of The Things
Or He Procrascinates, In Which Case Zanten, Doer Of The Things Later
Or It Involves Moving Furniture, in Which Case Zanten, F*** You.