Huckabee: It’s okay for Arkansas clerks to deny gay marriage licenses

Mike Huckabee AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File

Mike HuckabeeAP Photo/Danny Johnston, File

Mike Huckabee

CONWAY, Ark. — Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says that since the state hasn’t changed its laws to accommodate same-sex marriages, county clerks could rightfully withhold licenses from gay couples.

Current Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge have told clerks to comply with the Supreme Court ruling legalizing the unions.

Huckabee returned to his home state Thursday after organizing rallies for Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, who spent time in jail after refusing court orders to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

Huckabee didn’t say Arkansas clerks should flout the court decision, but did say they should “follow the only law they have in front of them.”

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