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Marco Rubio stands by Kentucky clerk who won’t issue gay marriage licenses

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Rowan County Clerk, Kim Davis

Rowan County Clerk, Kim Davis

“Today, for the first time in history, an American citizen has been incarcerated for having the belief of conscience that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, and she’s been ordered to stay there until she’s willing to change her mind, until she’s willing to change her conscience about what that belief is,” he said. “This is unprecedented in American law.” -said one of Ms. Davis’s lawyers, Roger Gannam.

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio said on Wednesday that the federal government needs to respect the religious beliefs of the controversial Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples because she says it is against her faith.

Rubio said that the U.S. needs to accommodate public officials, like Kentucky’s Kim Davis, who object to performing certain duties because of their religious beliefs.

“We should seek a balance between government’s responsibility to abide by the laws of our republic and allowing people to stand by their religious convictions,” Rubio said in a statement to the New York Times. “While the clerk’s office has a governmental duty to carry out the law,” he added, “there should be a way to protect the religious freedom and conscience rights of individuals working in the office.”

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3 Comments

  1. jeff says:

    What if the people of Kentucky
    voted in county clerks with her same stance
    In every county?

    That is what democracy would look like.

  2. reesm5 says:

    Was sending her to prison the right move for a government to make? Many have been dismissed if they would not do what their employers require, and that is the price we Christians may have to make in these circumstances, but to imprison someone for not changing their belief – well what happens next, behead her?

  3. Geraldine says:

    I think she’s a very brave woman and I hope she continues to get more and more support. I don’t think there are too many people who would have gone to jail to protect and share their beliefs.

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