Being faced with the possibility that she could resign or just continue to hold office whilst failing to do her job, she chose jail. Chose it. Civil disobedience means you sometimes get arrested for things. This is not a news flash for social justice people. She willfully violated a law on purpose because she is trying to prove a point. I don't agree with her point, mind you, but I can appreciate that the choice to go to jail over it is a measure of her beliefs, and blaming the government for her going to jail just seems like some crazy idea that the rule of law doesn't mean anything. There were many ways that her refusal to issue marriage licenses could be gamed out, she had, we must presume, competent legal counsel who advised her of the potential repercussions of her actions (or inactions, as the case may be), and faced with resignation, and not collecting a government paycheck anymore, she violated the court order and let herself be taken into custody because this is how civil disobedience is done.
Henry David Thoreau went to jail for not paying taxes because they paid for a war he didn't believe in. Martin Luther King Jr went to jail for protesting in Birmingham. Civil disobedience means recognizing that you are in violation of the government's laws and you face them down in court, and the court of public opinion, but you don't whine like a baby that of all of a sudden, you don't know the laws you are protesting against or misrepresent history over it.
Like Senator Ted Cruz went and did. His post on his site--although this may be subject to change, I dunno, says something really screwy:
“Today, judicial lawlessness crossed into judicial tyranny. Today, for the first time ever, the government arrested a Christian woman for living according to her faith. This is wrong. This is not America."America has totally arrested Christian woman for what they believe in. Susan B. Anthony, a Quaker, was arrested for voting. There were other suffragettes who also went to jail in a time when Americans were more church-going than not. Abolitionists faced jail time under the Fugitive Slave Act. Some early Temperance women went to jail for smashing up saloons like Carrie Nation, who was guided by her Christian faith.
You actually could not be more wrong than Ted Cruz is about women going to jail for their faith being a real thing. Civil rights heroes like Rosa Parks faced jail. Bree Newsome was charged with defacing public property. BLM protesters get jailed on the regular, and that is a movement where women are often front and center. And they are very aware of the dangers of being placed at the mercy of the criminal justice system, but they are engaging in civil disobedience to prove a point.
Crying about Kim Davis doing a little jail time while she deals with her relationship to the law cheapens what she is doing, here. If you want to grace her bigotry as being about a larger issue at all. But the picture I have chosen to post of her mugshot against the disgustingly hateful sign of one of her supporters that says that GAY stands for "Got AIDS Yet?" is probably more indicative of what this is really about.