Judge: Religious faith doesn’t take precedence over oath of office

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ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) – The judge who jailed a Kentucky clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses says he didn’t make the decision lightly.

In court on Thursday, U.S. District Judge David Bunning said he doesn’t think Rowan County clerk Kim Davis is combative. She has refused to issues licenses because of her religious beliefs about gay marriage.

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But, Bunning said, “Her good faith belief is simply not a viable defense.”

Bunning also spoke of his own religious beliefs. But he said that the oath he took, and the oath Davis took, supersedes those beliefs.