The Kentucky county clerk jailed for refusing to comply with a Supreme Court decision and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples was fighting "judicial tyranny," former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said today on ABC's "This Week."
"What we’ve seen here is the overreach of the judiciary," he said. "This, if allowed to stand without any congressional approval, without any kind of enabling legislation, is what [President Thomas] Jefferson warned us about. That’s judicial tyranny."
Huckabee has defended Kim Davis, the Rowan County Clerk who said she would not follow a federal judge's orders to comply with the Supreme Court's landmark same-sex marriage ruling, and said she is upholding state law. He said he believes the ruling is unconstitutional and has called for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages.
Huckabee said he would consider resigning or going to jail if he was forced to choose between following his religious beliefs and the law, though he said he did not foresee that happening if elected president.
He will travel to Kentucky on Tuesday to meet with Davis in jail and rally with her supporters.