[Ed. – Wonder where else this may be happening.]
A county clerk in Kentucky who was briefly jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples said on Friday that she and her family have switched to the Republican Party because the Democrats no longer represented them.
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, 50, who has said her beliefs as an Apostolic Christian prevent her from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, said they had changed parties last week. She was a long-time Democrat in eastern Kentucky.
“My husband and I had talked about it for quite a while and we came to the conclusion that the Democratic Party left us a long time ago, so why were we hanging on?” she told Reuters in an interview at a hotel in Washington, where she has traveled to be feted at a Family Research Council event later on Friday. …
She has won support from some conservative Republicans, who say the issue is about religious freedom, but on Friday she called the idea of campaigning for Republicans “kind of far fetched.” Republican presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz were among supporters who attended a rally with Davis after her release.
She called “absurd” the idea she should quit as clerk due to her religious beliefs, and said she was following state law that has not changed since the Supreme Court ruling.