A lesbian couple is considering whether to file a lawsuit after being denied a marriage license in Ledyard, New York, The New York Times reported.

Deirdre DiBiaggio and Katie Carmichael have sought legal representation after town clerk Rose Marie Belforti, citing her Christian faith, refused to serve the women.

Belforti asked the couple to make an appointment with a deputy to process their application; the women, who have been together 10 years and own a working farm in nearly Springport, declined the request.

“Gay people have fought so long and hard to get these civil rights,” Carmichael, 53, told the paper. “To have her basically telling us to get in the back of the line is just not acceptable.”

“For me to participate in the same-sex marriage application process I don't feel is right,” Belforti said. “God doesn't want me to do this, so I can't do what God doesn't want me to do, just like I can't steal, or any of the other things that God doesn't want me to do.”

“This is about religious freedom,” she added. “This is not about trashing gay people.”

But in an interview with the Christian conservative site CitizenLink, Belforti suggested she objected to gay marriage because it could lead to bestiality.

“I'm worried there's another agenda involved here other than just allowing same-sex couples to be married. We know what a bride is, we know what a groom is – but if we choose to be a 'spouse,' does that even limit [marriage] to a human being? Do you know what I'm saying?”