With Rowan County, Kentucky, Clerk Kim Davis now in jail for refusing to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the White House said Thursday the incident is a reminder that no public official is “above the law.”
White House press secretary Josh Earnest largely skirted questions about Ms. Davis, who told a district judge Thursday that her “conscience” simply will not allow her to facilitate gay weddings. But Mr. Earnest did say that all public officials, at the local, state and federal levels, must abide by the law.
“I will say, just on principle, the success of our democracy depends on the rule of law, and there is no public official that is above the rule of law,” he said.
As for whether Ms. Davis deserves to be jailed for contempt, the administration said those questions are best left to judges.
“It’s appropriate in this instance for a federal judge to determine the best way to enforce the law,” Mr. Earnest said.