Where Does Rand Paul Stand on Kentucky Clerk Flouting Federal Law?

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Human Rights CampaignWASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, called on Republican presidential candidate and U.S. Senator from Kentucky Rand Paul, as well as others seeking the highest office in the land, to say whether they believe Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis should be allowed to infringe on the constitutional right of same-sex couples to marry the person they love, and continue to refuse issuing them marriage licenses.

Following a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court last night declining her request for an emergency stay on a federal court order requiring her to issue marriage licenses to all qualified couples, Davis was supposed to finally start doing her job this morning.  Instead, she had decided to continue to flout the law.

“Public servants have a responsibility to serve the entire public equally, and by openly flouting the law of the land, Ms. Davis is refusing to do so,” said JoDee Winterhof, HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs. “The question for Rand Paul, and all other presidential candidates, is a simple one. Do you believe that public servants should get to pick and choose which laws to follow, and which services to provide?”

Rand Paul has previously said that “he is not a legal authority” on whether clerks can deny marriage licenses.

In addition, the situation in Rowan County is exactly the kind of uncertainty that could result if the so-called First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) became law. Going far beyond protecting the rights established in the First Amendment, this offensive anti-LGBT legislation would undermine the rule of law and promote taxpayer-funded discrimination.  If passed, FADA could create a breakdown of government services and runaway litigation. A federal employee could argue, for example, that they refuse to process tax returns, visa applications or Social Security checks whenever a same-sex couple’s paperwork appears on his or her desk. FADA could make Kim Davis’ clearly illegal actions in Rowan County permissible.

So far, Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, John Kasich, Bobby Jindal and Donald Trump have not taken a position on FADA. While Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum and Scott Walker have said they support it.

About the Human Rights Campaign:

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. HRC envisions a world where LGBT people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

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  1. Given that she is a democrat, shouldn’t we also be asking those in the Democratic party to condemn her? Where are the prominent Democrats? Where is Hillary?

    I think there is some measure of twisting of Senator Paul’s words too. He thinks the Government should be entirely out of the marriage business. He has a right to support any views on marriage he wants but he is not defending this woman’s flouting of the law!

    • There’s no twisting of his words. Paul has made it very clear on a number of occasions that he does not support the LGBT community. He has turned away from his principles and embraced the kooks and nuts of the Tea Party and the religious right. If you think the GOP gives a toss about the LGBT community you are living in a dream world and need to wake up. They will turn us into third class citizens and deny us equal rights the moment they can and if you support that then you take a giant crap on LGBT people.

      • Not supporting the LGBT community and not obeying the law are two different things.

        People are free to disagree. This is healthy and it’s how any society works. Where people are not free to disagree is in obeying the law. Senator Paul has never said that she shouldn’t obey the law.

        Again, where are the Democrats? Why are Democrats not publicly distancing themselves from her? (And trying to use her to attack Republicans?!?)

        The blind partisanship frankly has turned me off from much of LGBT activism. It’s as if you don’t blindly support everything Democrats do, you can’t support LGBT rights. This is wrong. Our rights need to be non-partisan.

      • I will tell you how the GOP “gives a toss” about me.

        How many trans women of color (like me) murdered this year? At least Republicans defend my right to arm myself to protect against violent people who wish to do me harm. Democrats want to ensure that I remain a victim.

        It’s not even Democrats that have won marriage equality anyway. If you have anyone to thank, it is the founding fathers and the authors of the 14th amendment. As I said, this NEEDS to be a non-partisan issue, and rather an issue of human rights, not one of Democrat vs Republican.

        And again, Senator Paul’s words have been taken out of context. Sure, he might be against gay rights, but the law is the law and he doesn’t condone breaking the law.

        Besides, why is a US Senator engaged in local, county level politics anyway? Because it enables a cheap attack on the GOP?

        • He’s the Senator from Kentucky which means he represents all of the state so that’s not a cheap attack, it’s a legitimate question.

          Please explain to me how Democrats want you to remain a victim? Where are the Stormtroopers that are supposed to be taking your guns away like the right wing always claims?

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