The Kentucky clerk who has vowed to deny gay couples a marriage license claims that his rights are being violated.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear last week met with Casey County Clerk Casey Davis and instructed him to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples following the Supreme Court's ruling striking down gay marriage bans in all 50 states.

Davis, who is elected, told reporters after the meeting that he would not resign and would prefer to go to jail rather than comply, which he says would be a violation of his faith.

During an appearance Monday on the Family Research Council's (FRC) Washington Watch radio program, Davis attempted to portray himself as the victim.

“It's not just me being violated but it's both sides of the coin, both sides of this issue that's at stake here, and that is our First Amendment rights,” Davis said. “We have religious freedom in this country. If we lose that, we've lost everything.”