A federal judge on Monday suspended proceedings in a case challenging a Kentucky clerk's claim that her office can refuse to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples based on her faith.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Kentucky filed a class action lawsuit against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis after she decided to stop issuing marriage licenses to all couples rather than serve gay couples.

Plaintiffs in the case are four couples who were refused a license from Davis' office. Half of the couples are gay.

Following the Supreme Court's ruling striking down marriage bans in all 50 states, Davis pledged never to issue a marriage licenses to a gay couple, saying it would be a violation of her Christian faith.

“It's a deep-rooted conviction; my conviction won't allow me to do that,” Davis said. “It goes against everything I hold dear, everything sacred in my life.”

Davis' attorneys told U.S. District Judge David Bunning that the court does not have jurisdiction over Davis, who failed to appear at the hearing, because she has not been officially notified of the litigation.

Bunning suspended the hearing until Davis could be notified.

Outside the courthouse supporters and opponents of marriage equality demonstrated. Mike Wynn (@MikeWynn_CJ) tweeted a photo of a man holding a red banner that read, “Love is love.”