At CNN Debate, Huckabee, Santorum, Jindal Defend Kentucky Clerk who Disregarded the Law

September 16, 2015 • 11:00 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 16, 2015
Owen Loftus | [email protected]

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This evening, Republican presidential candidates faced-off in their second debate of the election cycle.   Not surprisingly Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who refuses to comply with the law and issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples, was discussed. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Hukabee, former Senator Rick Santorum and Gov.  Bobby Jindal continued their defense of Davis, emphasizing that her personal beliefs against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people should take precedence over the law.

Nearly 70 percent of Americans believe equality under the law should supersede religious beliefs, according to a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll. And 65 percent of Americans believe Davis should either follow the law and do her job, or resign.

The First Amendment Defense Act, or FADA, which many of the Republican candidates support, would allow individuals, organizations and even businesses to legally discriminate against same-sex couples and their families.

“It’s clear that some candidates for president are willing to toss aside the rule of law in order to make it easier to discriminate against gay and transgender people,” Matt McTighe, campaign manager for Freedom for All Americans said.  “Thankfully, their views are not supported by the vast majority of Americans.  In fact, 65 percent of Republicans believe that everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, should be treated equally under the law.

One important part of the GOP base that has taken a leading role against FADA style legislation across the nation has been the business community.  A recent poll has found that two-thirds of small business owners do not believe businesses should be allowed to deny LGBT Americans goods or services based on their religious beliefs.  Nondiscrimination reform is so important to businesses that CNBC now considers it as one of its metrics for its Top States for Businesses study.

Freedom for All Americans is the bipartisan campaign dedicated to ensuring every gay and transgender American is fully protected from discrimination under the law, no matter where they live. Our work brings together Republicans and Democrats, businesses big and small, people of faith, and allies from all walks of life to make the case for comprehensive nondiscrimination protections that ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally.

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