Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said he thought Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples, was right to “exercise the dictates of her conscience.”
Reporters spoke to McCain, previously the Republican presidential nomination, at the Values Voter Summit, an annual conference for Christian leaders.
“I think she was right in that she can exercise the dictates of her conscience and everyone should respect that,” McCain said. “I do not believe that therefore she should violate the law. She should have just said, ‘I refuse to do it.’ Just like Hobby Lobby case, which we won, because those people were allowed to exercise their religious beliefs by the United States Supreme Court.”
A reporter asked McCain to clarify.
“You think that Kim Davis could say, ‘I don’t want to perform this’?” the reporter asked.
“Yes,” McCain responded.
Watch his comments: