Who would have guessed that Rowan County, Kentucky would become the primary battleground between religious freedom and LGBT rights?

But even if it seems like an unlikely venue for a national flashpoint, it is the home of county clerk Kim Davis, a Christian who has refused multiple judicial orders telling her to issue same-sex marriage licenses to those who apply. Both a federal judge and an appeals court have instructed Davis to abide by the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing gay marriage across the land, but even with the threat of jailtime looming over her head, she has stuck by her convictions. Think what you will about her position; you’ve gotta admire her intestinal fortitude.

In a last-ditch appeal to the highest court in the land, Davis’s attorneys at the Liberty Counsel asked the Supreme Court to grant her “asylum for her conscience.” The Court denied the stay without explanation, officially putting Davis in defiance of the law. That was how the story stood Monday, and activists on both sides of the issue arrived at the Rowan County courthouse on Tuesday to see what Davis would do.

Ready to test her, gay couple David Moore and David Ermold headed to her office in the morning, only to be turned away for the fourth time. “I feel sad, I feel devastated,” said Ermold. “I feel like I’ve been humiliated on such a national level, I can’t even comprehend it.”

Well, no one wants you to be humiliated, but come on. Don’t try to pretend that this is just about getting your marriage license. You went to the courthouse for a triumphant, in-your-face victory and you got shut down. It happens. It’s called rock-solid faith, and Davis has proven that she has the backbone to resist the forces of liberalism that so many others have fallen before. Even if she relents by the end of the week, she’s shown more courage over the past two months than most people summon in a lifetime.

As Joe Davis, Kim’s husband, put it: “They want us to accept their beliefs and their ways. But they won’t accept our beliefs and our ways.”

Nope. That’s not how it works in 2015 America. They tell you what to think, what to say, and how to behave. If you don’t like it, they’ll boycott your business. They’ll file complaints with anyone who will listen. And because this nation’s courts are so obviously in the bag for the movement, they are shocked whenever they run up against an immovable object.

Do your job, the protestors outside the courthouse scream at Davis. Obey the law! But that’s just the thing. When the Supreme Court deliberately jumped outside the Constitution to issue the ruling on gay marriage, they lost the ethical high ground. Legally, yes, she’s asking for trouble. Morally?

That’s a whole ‘nother matter.