Transcript for Kentucky Clerk in Jail Over Refusing to Issue Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples
We begin in Kentucky with the debate now making national headlines, the showdown reaching a boiling point today, a county clerk refusing marriage licenses sent to jail. That clerk elected to her post but after the supreme court ruling on same sex marriage still refusing to issue licenses to gay couples. She's arguing she's abiding by god's authority that allows her faith to refuse those couples. Tonight a judge finding her in contempt of court. Outside the courthouse her supporters, the sign, give god his rights. Meantime, supporters of the couples cheering. So we begin here tonight with ABC's Alex Perez from Kentucky. Reporter: The showdown ending tonight in jail. The county clerk led away, cheers and boos from the crowd. At issue, Kim Davis' refusal to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples, insisting in testimony today, quote, my conscience will not allow me. She's been ordered to stay there until she's willing to change her mind, until she's willing to change her conscience about what that belief is. Reporter: Davis can resign, but if she doesn't and refuses to comply, the federal judge who ruled her in contempt can keep her in custody as long as she stands her ground. The controversial clerk at odds with the June supreme court ruling making marriage a right nationwide. Under whose authority? Under god's authority. I simply told you all I'm willing to face my consequences as you all will face your consequences when im comes time for judgment. We don't have consequences. I don't believe -- Not everybody believes what you believe. That's your choice. Reporter: That couple among those suing the clerk. She is not above the law. That's where we are. Reporter: But the judge today saying Davis' good faith belief is simply not a viable defense. If you can't do your job, resign. Reporter: Others rallying behind Davis. Today we come to stand for god and sport our county clerk. Reporter: The flash point issue reverberating on the campaign trail. Several G.O.P. Candidates speaking out. I think it's absurd to put someone in jail for exercising their religious liberty. Reporter: Former governor Mike Huckabee tweeting he must end the criminalization of christianity. Hashtag I'm with Kim. Five of six deputy clerks agreed to comply with the law and could begin issuing marriage licenses as early as tomorrow. The one holdout, Davis' son. Alex Perez in king news tonight,
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