A federal court case involving a Kentucky county clerk could be a clue to whether the courts will honor religious freedom.
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has declined to issue marriage licenses to same-gender pairs based on her religious beliefs.
A federal court has ordered her to do so and the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to issue a stay pending outcome of her appeal.
Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel says attorneys are asking the U.S. Supreme Court now to issue a stay of that order.
"Kim Davis is not the only person to have this issue within the last few months since the Supreme Court opinion," Staver tells OneNewsNow. "But she certainly represents many people, not just clerks, but others and a wide variety of businesses and professions and occupations that are having their free exercise rights challenged."
The attorney warns that churches will be next "on the chopping block," echoing a warning from pro-family leaders in recent weeks after the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling in June.
A poll conducted soon after the U.S. Supreme Court decision suggested Americans are more concerned with religious freedom than homosexuals marrying.
So will the courts respect Davis' religious beliefs or destroy them?
"If we're going to go down this road where religious free exercise rights are just simply trampled," says Staver, "that's a completely different America. That's no longer the shining city on a hill."