Scott Walker urges law makers to find a way to accommodate Christian religious beliefs.
In an interesting show of political calculation, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has decided to weigh in on the case of the Kentucky clerk who refused to grant marriage licenses to gay couples.
Yesterday, a federal judged ordered Kim Davis, 49, to be placed in jail until she agreed to do her job. Davis refused claiming that her Christian faith would not allow it. She has reportedly been a devote Christian for the past four years.
“We have grave concerns about the reported failure to comply with the court’s order,” said U.S. Attorney Kerry Harvey. “Government officials are free to disagree with the law, but not disobey it.”
What does this have to do with a 2016 presidential hopeful from Wisconsin? It is the perfect opportunity to not only vent beliefs of constitutionality but to also reveal opposition to the Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage.
“The bottom line in America is we are a nation of laws,” said Walker. “But part of those laws — in fact, the most important of those laws — is the Constitution. The Constitution is very clear about protecting freedom of religion, and the freedom to be able to practice religious beliefs in this country. I think it’s incredibly important those rights be protected in today’s society.”
The candidate urged law makers to find a middle ground between obeying the law and upholding one’s Christian beliefs.
“We’ve been able to balance that in Wisconsin with very specific language even in our state’s Constitution about religious liberty,” said Walker. “At the same time, we’ve been able to uphold the law.”
“I’ve just got to think there has … to be some sort of reasonable accommodation that would allow this woman to practice her religious rights …” Walker added.
As of writing, the Senator of Kentucky and 2016 presidential candidate Rand Paul has yet to comment on the matter.