White House On Jailing Of Kentucky Clerk: ‘No Public Official’ Is Above The Law

White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Earnest answered questions about Iran and the various conflicts in the Middle East.... White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Earnest answered questions about Iran and the various conflicts in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) MORE LESS
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White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Thursday afternoon that no public official, including the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed earlier in the day for refusing to give marriage licenses to same-sex couples, is above the law.

Kim Davis, a clerk from Rowan County, Kentucky, was found in contempt of court and taken into federal custody Thursday.

Earnest told reporters during his daily media briefing that he had not yet talked with President Obama about Davis being taken into custody.

“On principle, the success of our democracy depends on the rule of law. And there is no public official that is above the rule of law,” Earnest said. “Certainly not the President of the United States, but neither is the Rowan County clerk. That’s a principle that is enshrined in our Constitution and in our democracy and it’s one that obviously the courts are seeking to uphold.”

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  1. Good response.

  2. Let the outraged howling about the “lawless” President echo through the social media across the land!

  3. I fully expected that, as soon as I read the quote. Talk about opening the floodgates!!!

  4. conservatives circa 1998: “RULE OF LAW! RULE OF LAW!”

    conservatives circa 2015: “my religious convictions are superior to the law!”

  5. Perfect, now lets go get Bush and Cheney.

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