Ted Cruz certainly lets you know what he is thinking. On Thursday, Kentucky law clerk Kim Davis was held in contempt of court and sent to jail for refusing to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Davis referred “God’s authority” as her reason for not granting the licenses.
That same day, Cruz sent out a press release “Cruz: I Call Upon Every Believer, Every Constitutionalist, Every Lover of Liberty To Stand With Kim Davis.” He made it clear that he stands with Davis, “unequivocally.”
Cruz was not the only candidate to speak on the arrest.
On CNN Rand Paul said it’s “absurd to put someone in jail for exercising their religious liberty.” He also believes that the move will backfire and “sets their movement back” for supporters of same-sex marriage.
Mike Huckabee, also speaking to CNN, believes the incidence “removes all doubt of the criminalization of Christianity in our country.” He said he was “proud of Kim for standing strong for her beliefs.” He also called it “a reckless, appalling, out-of-control decision that undermines the Constitution of the United States and our fundamental right to religious liberty.”
Huckabee also announced on Friday on his campaign website that he will be holding a rally for Davis. The rally will be on Tuesday, and is known as “#ImWithKim Liberty Rally.”
Appearing on CNN, Rick Santorum expressed what he thought about Davis. He referred to her actions as “civil disobedience”and said “that’s sometimes what it takes.” He also said he “commend[ed] her for actually standing up for her principles.”
Scott Walker expressed his views during the end of his segment on Laura Ingraham’s radio program. Walker focused on how “the Constitution is very clear that people have the freedom of religion.” He also spoke of “the balance that you gotta have to have in America, between the laws that are out there, but ultimately ensuring that the Constitution is upheld.”
Donald Trump told MSNBC’s Morning Joe that, in light of the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage, he’s “a believer on both sides of the picture.” He also added “I hate to see her put in jail. I understand what they’re doing, it would be certainly nice if she didn’t do it but other people in her office do it.” He did emphasize “we are a nation of laws.”
Carly Fiorina had previously mentioned following the law when it came to the legalization of same-sex marriage. She did come out against the arrest on Twitter though.
Lois Lerner goes on paid administrative leave from the IRS, but KY clerk #KimDavis goes to jail?— Carly Fiorina (@CarlyFiorina) September 3, 2015
Bobby Jindal spoke previously to The Huffington Post. “I think you should be able to keep your job and follow your conscience,” he said. He too tweeted about the arrest.
Hey @realDonaldTrump you can't make America great again by throwing the Christians in jail. (1/3)— Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) September 4, 2015
Piece updated to include Mike Huckabee’s rally.