Ping Pong with Civil Rights?

I suppose this is the natural order of things...  Given the recent SCOTUS ruling there will be some back-and-forth before all the dust settles.  This dynamic however is hard for some of us to comprehend, given our belief in the separation of church & state, yet here it is.  Not unexpected, but still not easy to stomach either:

Kentucky clerk's office defies order; no same-sex marriage licenses