Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal supports the Kentucky clerk who has been jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
The Huffington Post caught up with the GOP presidential candidate in Iowa on Wednesday — less than 24 hours before a federal judge ordered Kim Davis to jail for contempt after she declined to issue marriage licenses to gay couples because it would violate her conscience — and asked for his take on the ordeal.
“I don’t think anybody should have to choose between following their conscience — their religious beliefs — and giving up their job or facing financial sanction,” Jindal told the Huffington Post. “You should be able to keep your job and follow your conscience.”
In a video of the exchange posted to the Huffington Post’s website, Jindal mentioned the “Marriage and Conscience” executive order he signed in Louisiana this year — just hours after a legislative committee decided it wouldn’t move forward on a proposed “religious liberty” bill.
Asked by the Huffington Post whether he thinks it’s right that Davis is ignoring the law, Jindal was defiant.
“I absolutely do believe people have a First Amendment right — a constitutional right — and I don’t think the court can take that away,” he said.
He also took a swipe at Hillary Clinton, implying she doesn’t believe in religious freedom outside of church.
“This is an essential right in America,” Jindal said. “It’s the reason we are here today.”