I have my own theory as to why Kim Davis refused signing marriage licenses for same-sex couples and it boils down to one thing, money. Sure, Kim Davis may have the religious convictions to deny same-sex couples but as soon as she was propped up on that stage, it became about advancing her own financial gain. The American Conservative Movement and the Evangelical Movement – she is a registered Democrat by the way – has tons of cash on hand to filter down to their foot soldiers and her arrest will allow her to become a Wingnut Welfare Queen.
With Kim Davis being thrown in jail for contempt of court, she became a martyr for the religious movement, and, frankly, it was probably the best financial move she could have ever made. She will cash in on her 15 minutes of fame. Go on the talk radio circuit, become a speaker for some organization and better her financial life because of it. It boils down to as little as that. There are plenty out there who are happy to see her thrown in jail, but for this reason, they should not be.