One of the hottest topics of the week is Kim Davis, a Kentucky court clerk who rejects issuing a marriage license to same-sex couples. Many people have spoken out about the issue, including Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush.
Davis, the 49-year-old Rowan County Clerk, was held for contempt and remanded to custody by a U.S. Supreme Court on September 3.
Bush, 62, meanwhile maintained a neutral view, neither siding with her nor condemning her for her actions. He said, “[Davis] is sworn to uphold the law and it seems to me there ought to be more common grounds.” The Republican 2016 presidential hopeful added that while he believes that there should be enough space for the clerk to act on her conscience, the law is still the law. He also stated that for now, same-sex couples should be allowed to be married in “whatever jurisdiction that is.”
Davis had been neglecting a court order that ordered her to issue licenses to every eligible applicant, same-sex couples included, since August. On the morning of September 3, she stood before that very judge who went on to order federal marshals to take her into custody.
Through the very emotional five-hour-long hearing, the clerk sobbed, saying that she was not able to comply with the order given to her, due to her religious views.
Other GOP candidates who oppose Davis are Carly Fiorina (former CEO of Hewlett-Packard), Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and Governor of Ohio John Kasich.
On the other hand, some of her crusaders are Kentucky Senator, Rand Paul and ex-Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee, who in a statement on September 2 said that he had offered his “prayers and support” to Davis when he spoke to her.
Earlier this year in June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled marriage equality as the law of the land.
Kleinman, R., “Jeb Bush weighs in on clerk’s refusal to issue marriage licenses to gay couples,” MSNBC web site, September 3, 2015.