“The court has spoken, the court has ruled,” said the Ohio governor, who opposes same-sex marriage but has attended a same-sex wedding, on ABC’s “This Week.”
“I respect the fact that the lady doesn’t agree, but she’s also a government employee—she’s not running a church,” Mr. Kasich said. “I think she has to comply.”
A federal judge on Thursday jailed Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis for contempt after she repeatedly defied his order to issue licenses to gay and straight couples.
Ms. Davis had unsuccessfully appealed to the Supreme Court to delay the judge’s orders in the most high-profile challenge to the high court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. She has argued the ruling violates her religious beliefs, and has refused to resign from her elected position.
Mr. Kasich has said he has attended the wedding of a gay friend, and has argued all people should be treated with respect and acceptance. In his campaign, he had tried to carve out a more independent position from the GOP pack, pointing to his bipartisan roots. A poll out Sunday put him in second place in New Hampshire, helped by heavy ad spending, behind Donald Trump and ahead of Ben Carson and Jeb Bush.
On ABC, Mr. Kasich said that many young people are still “on the fence” on the issue of same-sex marriage, and said he worried that battles like the one in Kentucky may “turn people off of faith in God, and what it means to be a Christian.”
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, a rival for the Republican presidential nomination, defended Ms. Davis and suggested she was under no obligation to “irrevocably follow” the June Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage until “enabling legislation” is enacted at the state or federal level. Mr. Huckabee, a Baptist pastor, is scheduled to visit Ms. Davis at the Carter County Detention Center and host a rally in her honor.
“When is it that liberals get to choose which laws they support but a county clerk in Kentucky who acting on her Christian faith is criminalized, jailed without bail, because she acted on her conscience and according to the only law that is in front of her,” he added.
HOWEVER, SHE IS SITTING IN JAIL ONLY BECAUSE SHE REFUSES TO OBEY THE LAW. THAT IS HER DECISION. Here Kasich is sounding like mealy-mouthed Jeb!Boy.