Editorial: Clerk Kim Davis set the example

The valiant stand of Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis against issuing homosexual marriage licenses is helping define the 2016 presidential hopefuls.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, went to Rowan County and led a rally calling for her release on the grounds that her religious liberty is being denied. Huckabee said this is the first example of criminalization of a Christian for opposing homosexual marriage.

Cruz agreed that this is the government putting a woman in jail for her faith. “Kim Davis should not be in jail,” said Cruz, a former prosecutor.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Davis should not be forced to decide between her job and her Christian faith. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (who has withdrawn) said upholding the Constitution and freedom of religion is a fundamental American right.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, said there are ways to protect religious freedom but the clerk’s office has a duty to carry out the law. U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, says he believes marriage is the union of one man and one woman. He also thinks that homosexuals should have the legal right to enter a contract and that government should not issue any marriage licenses.

Republican businesswoman Carly Fiorina says she disagrees with the court’s decision but it is not right for Davis to deny the licenses. She thinks Davis should resign. (Fiorina’s position seems to be evolving. Gov. Chris Christie said someone on the government payroll has an obligation to obey the law (translation – Davis should give in).

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, said Davis had no choice to either issue the licenses or resign. He claims to support traditional marriage.

Republican businessman Donald Trump and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are not saying much. Democrat Hillary Clinton said Davis must issue the licenses and President Obama sided with the judge.

Here’s the scorecard.

Huckabee, Cruz and Jindal would all support religious freedom if elected president. Rubio and Paul probably would.

Fiorina, Christie and Lindsey Graham would be on the wrong side of this issue. Trump and Bush have no courage or conviction about religious liberty in this case.

This should cause Bible-believing Christians who stand for religious liberty and constitutional rights to reconsider their votes for Fiorina, Christie, Graham, Bush and Trump.