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Fiorina's Advice to KY Clerk Who Refused to Issue Same-sex Marriage Licenses

Fiorina's Advice to KY Clerk Who Refused to Issue Same-sex Marriage Licenses

In a recent interview, republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina revealed her opinion on the Kentucky clerk who refuses to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

Rowan, KY county clerk Kim Davis refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses based on her religious beliefs that marriage is between one man and one woman. 

Davis was taken to court over her refusal to issue same-sex marriage licences and her case went all the way to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court recently refused to overturn the ruling that stated that, as a government employee, Davis must issue marriage licenses without discrimination. 

Davis is still refusing to issue the licenses and could be held in contempt of court and face a fine or jail time, according to The Blaze.

When asked her opinion on the matter, Fiornia took a balanced view.

“First, I think that we must protect religious liberties with great passion and be willing to expend a lot of political capital to do so now because it’s clear religious liberty is under assault in many, many ways. Having said that, when you are a government employee, I think you take on a different role. When you are a government employee as opposed to say, an employee of another kind of organization, then in essence, you are agreeing to act as an arm of the government.”

Fiorina stated that she disagreed with the Court’s decision, but she did not think Davis should continue her civil disobedience since compliance with government laws is part of government employment.

“This woman now needs to make a decision of conscience,” Fiornia said. “[I]s she prepared to continue to work for the government, be paid for by the government in which case she needs to execute the government’s will, or does she feel so strongly about this that she wants to sever her employment with the government and go seek employment elsewhere where her religious liberties would be paramount over her duties as as government employee?”

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Publication date: September 2, 2015