Trump: SCOTUS Ruling Is The Law, But Clerk Should Be Able To ‘Take A Pass’

Donald Trump on Friday morning weighed in on Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who has been jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, arguing that while the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage should be followed, clerks who object should be able to opt out.

“The decision came down from the Supreme Court,” Trump said when asked about Davis on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “So I’m a believer in both sides of the picture.”

“The simple answer is let her clerks do it,” he continued. “From what I understand, she’s not letting her clerks do it either.”

Trump said that it is “a very, very sticky situation,” and that Davis should either be allowed to opt out of issuing same-sex marriage licenses, or gay couples should have to travel to a clerk nearby for a license.

“I hate to see her be put in jail,” Trump said.

“Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough jumped in to ask Trump if the Supreme Court ruling is the law of the land.

“You have to go with it,” Trump responded. “The decision has been made and that is the law of the land.”

But he again reiterated that Davis should be able to “take a pass.”

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) gave a similar response when asked about Davis on Thursday. He told reporters that Davis “is sworn to uphold the law,” but suggested that clerks be able to opt out of certain duties.

Dear Reader,

When we asked recently what makes TPM different from other outlets, readers cited factors like honesty, curiosity, transparency, and our vibrant community. They also pointed to our ability to report on important stories and trends long before they are picked up by mainstream outlets; our ability to contextualize information within the arc of history; and our focus on the real-world consequences of the news.

Our unique approach to reporting and presenting the news, however, wouldn’t be possible without our readers’ support. That’s not just marketing speak, it’s true: our work would literally not be possible without readers deciding to become members. Not only does member support account for more than 80% of TPM’s revenue, our members have helped us build an engaged and informed community. Many of our best stories were born from reader tips and valuable member feedback.

We do what other news outlets can’t or won’t do because our members’ support gives us real independence.

If you enjoy reading TPM and value what we do, become a member today.

TPM Staff
Latest Livewire
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Director of Audience:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: