CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – A Republican candidate for Missouri attorney general is denouncing the jailing of a Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.
The Southeast Missourian reports that Josh Hawley called Friday for more clearly defined protections for religious people in the public sphere. He said the situation involving Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was “tragic.”
Hawley said in a public statement that if elected, he would issue a legal opinion “protecting county clerks, other local officeholders and businesspeople of faith to the maximum extent possible under Missouri law.”
Davis cited religious objections in refusing to license gay marriage.
Hawley is a University of Missouri School of Law associate professor.