Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who was jailed after refusing to issue marriage licenses due to her objections to same-sex couples, told Fox News host Megyn Kelly on Wednesday she will not resign her post and is willing to return to jail.
"Whatever the costs," Davis said in an interview Wednesday. "If I resign, I lose my voice."
Davis' comments come after attorneys with the ACLU asked a judge to issue marriage licenses without the changes the clerk introduced shortly after being released from county jail.
The Rowan County clerk was jailed on Sept. 3 for contempt after refusing to issue marriage licenses despite a court order. After she was released, she modified the forms to state they were issued by a "notary public" and were "pursuant to a federal court order."
Attorneys representing four couples are asking the court to order Davis to issue marriage licenses without the changes, to fine her if she refuses, and to reassign her duties to someone else if she refuses.
During Wednesday's interview, Davis reiterated her religious opposition to same-sex marriage and willingness to continue fighting the issue in court, telling Kelly" "It's a heaven or hell issue for me."
"It's a fight worth fighting for," she added.
Davis said she has received support for her position, as well as hate email and "vile stuff in the mail."
"So you have millions of Christians that object to this same-sex marriage issue, are their rights not worth anything?" she said.
David Ernold and David Moore, the gay couple who squared off against Davis in a video as she refused to issue them a marriage license, also spoke to Kelly, telling her that they didn't want the clerk to go jail.
"I didn't feel good and David was upset, and I was upset. That's not what we wanted," Moore said. "We don't want her back in jail, we just want her to do her job."
In the court motion, attorneys for the ACLU contend changes made by Davis to the licenses create a "two-tier" system for applicants.
Davis' attorney has said the changes were made to keep her name off the document.