Ohio Governor Says Rowan County Clerk Should Follow Supreme Court Ruling

PHOTO: Governor of Ohio, John Kasich, Photo Date: 1/4/2011 - Image License Photo: Governor John R. Kasich
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich says a defiant clerk in Kentucky jailed for not issuing gay marriage licenses should follow the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling upholding same-sex marriage.

Kasich, a Republican running for president, said that while he believes in traditional marriage, the court has ruled and Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis should comply with that decision.

Kasich told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that Davis is a government employee, not someone running a church.

Kasich, who frequently speaks about his faith, also said he worries such battles will turn people off to what it means to be a Christian. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist pastor also seeking the Republican nomination, has said Davis' jailing represents the criminalization of Christianity.

Other GOP candidates have also said Davis should follow the law.

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