Davis’s lawyer didn’t return a request for comment. In a statement released Tuesday, she said, “some people have said I should resign, but I have done my job well.” She added, “I never imagined a day like this would come, where I would be asked to violate a central teaching of Scripture and of Jesus Himself regarding marriage. To issue a marriage license which conflicts with God’s definition of marriage, with my name affixed to the certificate, would violate my conscience.”
Davis has worked as a clerk in Rowan County for more than 25 years. In May 2014 — while serving as chief deputy in the clerk’s office — she narrowly won the Democratic nomination for the top job by 23 votes.