After Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis was sent to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples based on her religious beliefs, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took to Twitter to express her feelings on government employees who do not uphold the law.
“Marriage equality is the law of the land. Officials should be held to their duty to uphold the law—end of story,” the former Secretary of State wrote, including a link to a breaking news story from AP on the Davis contempt verdict.
Clinton’s tweet was re-tweeted more than three thousand times and favorite by more than four thousand people.
Davis was ordered by a federal court and the Supreme Court to issue same-sex marriage licenses in Rowan County, Kentucky. Her refusal put her in contempt of court and she was sent to jail on Thursday, Opposing Views reported at the time.
“I’ve weighed the cost and I’m prepared to go to jail, I sure am,” Davis said in an interview at the time. “This has never been a gay or lesbian issue for me. This is about upholding the word of God.”
Two Republican presidential candidates, Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky, have shown support for Davis, claiming her religious liberty in under attack, The Hill reports.
Former Republican Gov. of Arkansas Mike Huckabee, who is also a 2016 presidential candidate, displayed his outrage towards the federal government for what is happening to Davis.
“I'm headed to Kentucky on Tuesday to stand with #KimDavis. We must end the criminalization of Christianity! #ImWithDavis,” Huckabee tweeted Thursday afternoon.
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