Though several news cycles have removed the Kim Davis controversy from U.S. headlines, one of the Kentucky county clerk’s biggest defenders during her recent gay marriage protest is now fighting a different type of battle because of his involvement. Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee was a vocal supporter of the Rowan county official, who served a short jail sentence for refusing to issue gay marriage licenses.
In a rally held on her behalf, Huckabee introduced her as the Survivor tune Eye of the Tiger played, which at least one member of the band deemed unacceptable. At the time, guitarist Frankie Sullivan posted a Facebook statement asserting that the band “did not grant Kim Davis any rights to use” the song, going on to address Huckabee directly.
“I would not grant her the rights to use Charmin! C’mom [sic] Mike, you are not The Donald but you can do better than that.”
Though there has long been conflict between politicians and the musicians whose songs they use in campaign events, the beef between Huckabee and Sullivan is set to play out in court. Rude Music Inc., a company owned by Sullivan, recently filed a federal lawsuit against Huckabee’s campaign alleging illegal use of a copyrighted work.
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“Mr. Huckabee appeared at a Grayson, Kentucky rally supporting Kim Davis, the controversial county clerk who gained national attention after refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples,” the complaint states. “’Eye of the Tiger’ was played as Mr. Huckabee escorted Ms. Davis from the Carter County Detention Center.”
Reports indicate that the musician is seeking a jury trial. News of the suit came after an apparent parody site published a post suggesting that the band filed a lawsuit shortly after the Kentucky rally.
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