White House Approves Jailing Christian for Pro-Bible Stance

Does the White House approve of limiting religious freedom?
Does the White House approve of limiting religious freedom? (Reuters)

White House spokesman Josh Earnest on Thursday said it was "appropriate" for a federal judge to resolve the matter of a county clerk in Kentucky who was jailed after repeatedly refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on religious grounds.

"I would not from this vantage point second-guess those decisions," Earnest told reporters, when asked about a U.S. federal judge finding the clerk in contempt of court.

"There's a rule of law and the principle of the rule of law is central to our democracy. And it's appropriate in this instance for a federal judge to determine the best way to enforce the law."

(Reporting by Alina Selyukh and Susan Heavey; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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