Host Gregg Jarrett asked two legal experts whether the Rowan County clerk's religious beliefs allowed her to defy court orders to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. All three talking heads insisted Davis’ claim undermined the authority of federal law.
“When she took the job she swore to uphold the law,” Jarrett said. “We rely on government officials to do that. They can’t just pick and choose what laws they like and which ones they don’t. If they were allowed to do that, wouldn’t that lead to chaos, anarchy and so forth?”
Trial attorney Chip Merlin concurred, saying Davis may believe gay marriage is “immoral” but has “an obligation to uphold other people’s constitutional rights.”
Criminal defense attorney Sharon Liko was similarly dismissive, calling Davis “a hypocrite” who is “applying for the job of martyr.”
Liko rejected Davis’ attorney’s suggestion that the Supreme Court lacked the constitutional authority to enforce gay marriage—a claim that GOP presidential candidates such as Mike Huckabee and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) have endorsed.
“It’s just a ridiculously stupid statement,” Liko said. “The Supreme Court does just that. They determine the constitutionality of issues; they resolve these kinds of disputes.”
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h/t Raw Story