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Walker on arrest of clerk over gay marriage licenses: “(Freedom of religion) is a fundamental right”

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GRAYSON, Kentucky — Sunday, September 6th was the fourth day that Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk Kim Davis has spent in jail. She’s behind bars for refusing a judge’s order to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

Davis on Sunday officially appealed a judge’s decision to put her in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The three-page motion does not include arguments as to why Davis should be released but amends Davis’ earlier appeal of the judge’s order.

Davis objects to same-sex marriage for religious reasons and stopped issuing all marriage licenses in June after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage. Two gay couples sued her.

U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered Davis to issue the licenses but she refused to do it saying she could not betray her conscience.

Bunning sent Davis to jail on Thursday for disobeying his order. Her deputy clerks then issued marriage licenses to gay couples Friday.

On Saturday, September 5th, about 300 supporters gathered outside the jailhouse, chanting: “Thank you, Kim.”

Davis was held in contempt of court and jailed Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite a series of court orders.

At Saturday’s event, part revival, part political rally, a series of speakers denounced the government and the judiciary, and hailed Davis as a Christian hero in a war against the godless. They waved signs that read “Kim Davis for President” and “God gives his hardest battles to his strongest soldiers.”

Some traveled from states away to support of the defiant clerk.

Meanwhile, Governor Scott Walker was one of several Republican presidential candidates to make remarks on Davis’ decision in recent days. Walker had this to say Thursday on the Laura Ingraham Show:

“In the end, this is the balance that you gotta have to have in America, between the laws that are out there, but ultimately ensuring that the Constitution is upheld. I read that the Constitution is very clear that people have freedom of religion. You have the freedom to practice religious beliefs out there. It’s a fundamental right,” Walker said.

6 comments

  • stephen lormore

    she can stay incarcerated till she dies if thats her conviction. seperation of church and state is valid and contitutionally proven. send her codolences from me but throw away the key. shes had her fifteenteen minutes of fame. if shes truly in conflict let her stand down,resign and move somewhere else.

  • Jeffsfla

    Yes. There is freedom of religion in this country and it is alive in well. But when you are representing the government your religious beliefs cannot rule. Everyone must be treated equally. If you cannot do that the job is no longer for you. This woman is asking for special rights. It is not going to happen.

  • pete

    Homosexuality was considered a severe mental illnesses till the 3 psychologists in charge of determining if homosexuality was a mental illness determined that it was not. Two of the three were homosexuals.

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