- The Washington Times - Friday, September 25, 2015

The Democratic Kentucky clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because of her religious beliefs said Friday that she is switching to the Republican Party.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, a longtime Democrat, told Reuters that she and her family changed parties last week.

“My husband and I had talked about it for quite a while, and we came to the conclusion that the Democratic Party left us a long time ago, so why were we hanging on?” she said.

Mrs. Davis was jailed for five days earlier this month for refusing to comply with a judge’s order to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

She said her Apostolic Christian faith prevented her from following a Supreme Court ruling in June that made gay marriage legal across the United States. She has since won the support of Republican presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz, as well as thousands of social conservatives who say she is being religiously discriminated against.

Mrs. Davis told Reuters that she sees no issue with the current marriage licenses being issued by her office, which have been altered to remove her name and title and the name of the county. Critics say the altered licenses violate an order issued by U.S. District Judge David Bunning, Reuters reported.

“I don’t think there should be much of an issue, and the judge didn’t have any problem accepting the licenses that were issued when I was incarcerated, which had been altered, so I don’t see that there should be an issue,” Mrs. Davis said.

She added, however, that if the licenses became an issue for Judge Bunning, she was prepared to return to jail, Reuters reported.

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