LGBT Community Reacts to Kim Davis Controversy

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SACRAMENTO --

As members of the LGBT community enjoyed the Rainbow Festival, perhaps the most celebrated event promoting gay rights and equality in Sacramento, Kim Davis, a Rowan County Clerk in Kentucky,  announced she would appeal a judge's order to jail her after she refused to grant marriage licenses to gay couples.

Donald Bentz, director of the LGBT Community Center in Sacramento says the unequal treatment of LGBT people seems to get more media attention.

"I think it illustrates how far we still have to come," Bentz said.

Bentz says if the court sided with Davis, it would've signified a giant step backward for all gay and lesbian couples.

"If they were to grant her this right, the dominoes would start tumbling, and we would see a total erosion of all of our civil rights," Bentz said.

"First of all, she's breaking the law, second of all she's an elected official, so I really don't think that's appropriate," said Penny Button, who plans to marry her longtime partner Alexandra Johnson next month.

The couple says they don't harbor any personal resentment toward Davis. They say the  real problem is a systemic mentality, rather than the ideals of any individual.

"You can't always blame them. It's how they grew up, it's what they know, it's how they were taught," Johnson said.

Others at the Rainbow Festival did take Davis' rejection of their lifestyle more personally.

"I kind of laugh at it because I knew that she wasn't gonna get anywhere, and that eventually she was going to lose her job or have to quit and it happened so, we won again," said Eric Mulvaney, who plans to marry his partner within the next few months.

National conservative groups have come to Davis' defense. An Op-Ed in the conservative media outlet The Blaze praises Davis for her course of action.

Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee visited Davis in jail, and said in an interview with ABC News in response to following laws, one should only "...obey if it's right."

While Davis says her faith led to her decision, Bentz says she could be doing more harm than she realizes.

"For people coming out who are young people and may be contemplating suicide because, 'Oh if I'm gay no ones going to like me,' when they see stories like this it just validates those fears," Bentz said.

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