Kentucky GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Matt Bevin responds to County Clerk’s arrestPosted by J Craig on September 3, 2015
MIDDLETOWN, Ky. — Republican Candidate for Governor Matt Bevin issues a statement on Thursday regarding Rowan County clerk Kim Davis’s arrest.
“It is utterly unnecessary that Rowan County clerk, Kim Davis, is sitting in a jail cell, when there is a simple solution that would respect the rights of every Kentuckian. I first put this solution forward many weeks ago. […] As Governor, I will stand up for all Kentuckians, not just the ones who agree with me,” said Bevin.
Davis came under fire recently by refusing to issue any same-sex marriage licenses in Rowan County even after the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage in June. She has stated that doing so would violate her right to religious freedom although the Supreme Court disagrees with her. Since this has been going on, Davis and the Rowan County clerk’s office has not been issuing any marriage licenses.
When asked by reporters how she can continue to refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses, she responded by saying, “under God’s authority.”
The Republican Gubernatorial Candidate has also stated that he supports Davis by saying, “I absolutely support her willingness to stand on her First Amendment rights,” he said. “Without any question I support her.”
Bevin appeared on CNN Thursday morning to comment on this stating that government should be out of marriage all together.
Bevin’s plan, encourages the government to get out of marriage contracts entirely saying “Two consenting adults should not need to ask for permission from the government to enter into a contractual relationship – a license should not be needed. ”
The plan also adds; “As with other contracts, the government’s role should be limited to recording, interpreting, or enforcing such contracts in times of dispute.”
Davis was ordered to appear in court on Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses and the judge offered her a deal. If she were to allow her deputy clerks to begin issuing licenses without interference, she would be “Purged of Contempt”.
Five out of the six deputy clerks agreed to begin issuing licenses. The clerk who continues to refuse is Davis’s son, Nathan.
Davis rejected the judge’s proposal, which would have more than likely allowed her to be released from custody. Judge David L. Bunning ordered Ms. Davis to jail.
Rand Paul, the Republican presidential candidate and a senator from Kentucky, said it was “absurd to put someone in jail for exercising their religious liberties.”
Rowan County clerks will begin processing the paperwork for all marriage licenses starting on Friday.
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