same-sex marriage what's next supreme court jeffrey toobin orig_00013906.jpg
same-sex marriage what's next supreme court jeffrey toobin orig_00013906.jpg
Now playing
04:03
Can states stand in the way of same sex marriage?
scotus same sex marriage decision celebration todd nr _00020518.jpg
scotus same sex marriage decision celebration todd nr _00020518.jpg
Now playing
02:10
Same-sex marriage celebrated on Supreme Court steps
Jim Obergefell speaking on steps of Supreme Court
Jim Obergefell speaking on steps of Supreme Court
Now playing
01:51
Plaintiff: Our love is equal
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 25: Supporters for and against gay marriage gather in front of the Supreme Court Building June 25, 2015 in Washington, DC. The high court is expected rule in the next few days on whether states can prohibit same sex marriage, as 13 states currently do. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Mark Wilson/Getty Images
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 25: Supporters for and against gay marriage gather in front of the Supreme Court Building June 25, 2015 in Washington, DC. The high court is expected rule in the next few days on whether states can prohibit same sex marriage, as 13 states currently do. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Now playing
02:20
U.S. 21st country to allow same-sex marriage nationwide
kentucky clerk kim davis appeal dnt casarez lead_00000307.jpg
WKYT
kentucky clerk kim davis appeal dnt casarez lead_00000307.jpg
Now playing
02:12
Supporters gather in solidarity for Kentucky clerk
history of gay rights movement cooper dnt ac_00022216.jpg
history of gay rights movement cooper dnt ac_00022216.jpg
Now playing
04:15
What you need to know about the gay rights movement
WLEX
Now playing
01:22
Attorney: Kim Davis 'has no intention' of resigning
kentucky gay marriage clerk counsel lead intv_00020630.jpg
kentucky gay marriage clerk counsel lead intv_00020630.jpg
Now playing
03:18
Counsel: Ky. clerk wants her name off marriage license
kim davis marriage license contempt hearing ATH_00011020.jpg
Getty Images
kim davis marriage license contempt hearing ATH_00011020.jpg
Now playing
01:26
Santorum: Kim Davis is heroic
kim davis marriage license contempt hearing ATH_00011301.jpg
Getty Images
kim davis marriage license contempt hearing ATH_00011301.jpg
Now playing
01:24
Kentucky clerk in court over marriage license refusal
heated confrontation clerk denying marriage licenses kentucky pkg_00003430.jpg
WKYT
heated confrontation clerk denying marriage licenses kentucky pkg_00003430.jpg
Now playing
00:58
Heated confrontation with clerk denying marriage licenses
Courtesy David Moore
Now playing
01:09
Clerk defies judge, denies men marriage license
texas county clerk same sex marriages nobles dnt ac_00002409.jpg
texas county clerk same sex marriages nobles dnt ac_00002409.jpg
Now playing
02:05
Texas-sized battle over same-sex marriage
same-sex marriage what's next supreme court jeffrey toobin orig_00004124.jpg
same-sex marriage what's next supreme court jeffrey toobin orig_00004124.jpg
Now playing
01:49
What's next for same-sex marriage?
same sex marriage opposition tapper dnt lead _00005329.jpg
same sex marriage opposition tapper dnt lead _00005329.jpg
Now playing
03:18
Texas counties refuse marriage license for gay couples
jim obergefell president obama phone call same-sex marriage_00002414.jpg
jim obergefell president obama phone call same-sex marriage_00002414.jpg
Now playing
01:35
Obama calls same-sex marriage case plaintiff on live TV
same sex marriage obama supreme court decision_00015614.jpg
same sex marriage obama supreme court decision_00015614.jpg
Now playing
02:54
Obama: We've made our union a little more equal
Supporters of same-sex marriages gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court waiting for its decision on April 28, 2014 in Washington, D.C.
Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images
Supporters of same-sex marriages gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court waiting for its decision on April 28, 2014 in Washington, D.C.
Now playing
01:06
Supreme Court: Same-sex marriage legal nationwide

Story highlights

County clerk in Texas says right to same-sex marriage must "peaceably coexist" with other rights

Though Supreme Court cleared way for same-sex marriage, there are still spasms of resistance

Groom who got married to partner of 5 years in Louisiana: "It was beautiful, and I felt very loved"

(CNN) —  

The Hood County, Texas, clerk isn’t going to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, she said Tuesday, because she has rights.

“I would like to issue a statement that I will not be issuing same-sex marriage licenses due to my religious convictions,” Katie Lang wrote in a statement posted on the county clerk’s website.

Though the Supreme Court ruled Friday that the U.S. Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage, Lang said the Constitution also guarantees her freedom of religion.

It may sound like she’s flouting the high court’s ruling, but she has the backing of her state’s top law enforcement officer.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton lashed out after Friday’s ruling, calling the right to same-sex marriages “fabricated” and “newly invented” – language Lang parroted in her statement – and said judges “may claim that the government cannot force them to conduct same-sex wedding ceremonies over their religious objections.”

If those judges are sued or fined, “numerous lawyers” stand willing to defend their rights, and “I will do everything I can as attorney general to be a public voice for those standing in defense of their religious beliefs,” Paxton said in a statement and on social media.

Leaning on Paxton’s guidance, Lang said Tuesday, “We find that although it fabricated a new constitutional right in 2015, the Supreme Court did not diminish, overrule, or call into question the First Amendment rights to free exercise of religion that formed the first freedom in the Bill of Rights in 1791.”

The right to same-sex marriage, she concluded, must “peaceably coexist” with other rights.

Lang later issued another statement, which made clear that although she won’t issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, her office will.

“The religious doctrines to which I adhere compel me to personally refrain from issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Nonetheless, in addition to the county clerk offices in the several surrounding counties, as soon as the appropriate forms have been printed and supplied to my office, the County Clerk’s Office of Hood County will have staff available and ready to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

“Because some have misreported and misconstrued my prior statements, I want to make clear that the County Clerk’s Office of Hood County will comply with the recent decision of the Supreme Court of the United States,” she said.

Lang isn’t the only clerk with issues. Chris Jobe, president of the Kentucky County Clerks Association, told the Lexington Herald-Leader that several counties – including Lawrence, where he is clerk – got out of the marriage license business altogether. Several clerks cited their religious objections to the Supreme Court ruling, he told the paper.

In Grenada County, Mississippi, Linda Barnette, the clerk of 24 years, resigned because “homosexuality is contrary to God’s plan and purpose for marriage and family,” according to CNN affiliate WCBI.

Mississippi’s governor and attorney general were none too happy with the Supreme Court’s decision, but they acknowledged that the law’s the law. Attorney General Jim Hood said his office “is certainly not standing in the way of the Supreme Court’s decision.”

Mississippi joined Texas as another state where there were spasms of resistance to the ruling. Most states where same-sex marriage was outlawed before Friday – including Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Tennessee – saw their governors or attorneys general promise to abide by the ruling, though many made it clear they didn’t care for it.

In Tennessee, where Gov. Bill Haslam and Attorney General Herbert Slatery III grudgingly said they would respect the decision, two state lawmakers promised to introduce the Pastor Protection Act, which would allow clergy to refuse to perform same-sex marriages and provide “legal protection from being forced to perform same-sex marriages on church property,” according to a news release.

“God is the ultimate Supreme Court and he has spoken. Marriage is between one man, and one woman,” state Rep. Andy Holt said.

Alabama, which saw same-sex marriage become the law of the land via a federal court decision earlier this year, put up perhaps the most vehement protest.

Gov. Robert Bentley said, “Regardless of today’s ruling by the Supreme Court, I still believe in a one man and one woman definition of marriage,” while the state’s Supreme Court issued a writ of mandamus suspending same-sex marriages in Alabama for 25 days to give “parties” time to file motions “addressing” the ruling.

Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell also initially put the nuptials on hold for 25 days, saying that nothing in the U.S. Supreme Court ruling made it effective immediately. On Sunday, however, Gov. Bobby Jindal, who declared “no earthly court” can alter the definition of marriage, told a television show that his state had no choice but to abide by the ruling.

Brant Rios and Eos Parish have been dating five years and experienced their state’s stubbornness firsthand Friday when they were the first couple to arrive at the Ouachita Parish Courthouse to be wed – and were the first to be turned away.

The pair had met up after work Friday afternoon to get married and were told they couldn’t fulfill their dream because of a local court’s stay.

“We felt betrayed,” Parish said.

They returned Monday and were told the clerk’s office was awaiting guidance from Caldwell, and the office didn’t have the correct forms anyway, Rios said.

That evening, on Facebook, a friend sent them a local newscast reporting that Ouachita Parish was issuing the licenses. The couple was elated and planned to meet at lunch Tuesday to exchange vows in a “down-and-dirty civil ceremony.” They would hold a proper reception for their friends and family members later, likely in September, they decided.

They could have waited to wed, of course, but after pondering their union for two years they decided to act quickly to “make sure no one could take this away from us,” Parish explained.

At 12:15 p.m., a friend who happens to be a justice of the peace pronounced them husband and husband. They sealed it with a “conservative kiss,” Parish said.

“I was very nervous leading up to everything, as any groom would be,” he said. “Once we started and we were going through the whole thing, looking into each other’s eyes and holding each other’s hands – OK, it’s for real – it was just surreal. It was beautiful, and I felt very loved.”

CNN’s Ryan Nobles, Jareen Imam and Alyssa Jackson contributed to this report.