The court battle has spilled into the political realm, with Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin and GOP attorney general nominee Whitney Westerfield describing the situation as a struggle for religious liberty. Many of those protesting the legal action against Davis on the Ashland courthouse steps on Thursday often railed against the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage and espoused negative views of homosexuality in general.
Davis’s incarceration has also attained national attention, with Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who is currently polling ninth among the GOP field in an average calculated by Real Clear Politics, scheduled to attend a rally for Davis outside the Carter County Detention Center in Grayson.
But Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway said his opponent is focusing on Davis’s incarceration on the campaign trail “because he’s not winning on the issues.” He and other Democrats on the ballot Nov. 3 told reporters Monday they’re unconcerned with the political ramifications of a federal judge jailing someone for not following his order.
“I have sympathy for Kim Davis, but she’s in jail because she defied a federal judge’s court order,” Conway said after a pro-union rally at the Louisville Zoo picnic, adding his view that marriage licenses issued by deputy clerks are valid despite Davis’s attorneys arguing otherwise. “You can’t do that.”
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Kim Davis incarceration may impact KY Governor's race...
KY is a very religious state and gay marriage doesn't have popular support. GOP candidate Matt Bevin has been pushing a plan to get Davis out of jail. Democrat Jack Conway seems indifferent.