Although many Republican presidential candidates this week defended or praised Kentucky clerk Kim Davis for refusing to violate her faith and principles by issuing licenses to same-sex couples seeking marriage, Donald Trump will not.
“The Supreme Court has ruled,” Trump said Friday. “It is the law of the land.”
Trump’s comments differed sharply from those of GOP candidate Mike Huckabee, who Thursday tweeted his defense of Davis, who has been jailed for her stand.
“I’m a believer in both sides of the picture,” Trump said Friday on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
Trump said Davis need not have become personally involved and could have allowed her deputy clerks to issue the licenses.
“She (Davis) can take a pass and let somebody else in the office do it in terms of religious, so you know, it’s a very … tough situation, but we are a nation, as I said yesterday, we’re a nation of laws,” he said.
Licenses were being issued Friday, although Davis, the clerk of Rowan County, had said she would not authorize any employees to issue the licenses in her absence.
“My conscience will not allow it,” Davis said. “God’s moral law convicts me and conflicts with my duties.”
Trump said the issue could have been handled differently to avoid a showdown over principles.
“The other simple answer is rather than going through this, it’s really a very, very sticky situation, a terrible situation — 30 miles away they have other places, they have many other places where you get licensed, and you have them actually quite nearby,” Trump said. “That’s another alternative. I hate to see her being put in jail. I understand what they’re doing.”
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