Presidential hopefuls back jailed clerk

At least two American presidential hopefuls have backed Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who has been jailed for contempt of court after refusing to register same-sex marriages.

Ms Davis, who served as Rowan County’s deputy county clerk for 25 years to November last when she was elected county clerk, stopped issuing marriage licenses in August in the aftermath of the US supreme court’s June ruling legalising same-sex marriage.

An Apostolic Christian, Ms Davis says her religious beliefs bar her from granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee, a Southern Baptist minister, says “Kim Davis in federal custody removes all doubts about the criminalisation of Christianity in this country”, and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has also expressed his support for Ms Davis.