Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, with Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, left, at her side, greets the crowd after being released from the Carter County Detention Center, Sept. 8, 2015, in Grayson, Ky.
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A prayer rally for Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis turned into an awkward political dance for Senator Ted Cruz and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. The two rivals in the GOP presidential field descended on Kentucky Tuesday, both showing their support for Davis and attempting to bolster their similar campaign messages that religious freedom is under attack.
Davis’ exit from jail turned the rally’s purpose from calling for her release to celebrating her freedom. Davis has been in jail since last week, when a judge held her in contempt of court for refusing to comply with a Supreme Court decision and issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. She has said it goes against her religious beliefs to do so.
At the rally organized in part by Huckabee, a tearful Davis thanked those who support her.
“I love you all so very much. I just want to give God the glory. His people have rallied and you are a strong people,” Davis said. “Just keep on pressing. Don’t let down because he is here.”
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When her attorney Matt Saver was asked if she would continue to resist issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, he said that Davis “will not violate her conscience.”
Huckabee vowed to go to jail in Davis’ place if she faces further time in custody.
“Let Kim go. But if you have to put someone in jail, I volunteer to go. Let me go. Lock me up if you think that’s how freedom is best served,” Davis said.
He also had a message for those who see Davis and her supporters as discriminatory against gays.
“I know there are some people who will say this is a rally of hate. They would be wrong. I know this. And I think I speak for you, we don’t gather here today because we hate anybody. We gather here today because …Read More