Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhy does Bernie Sanders want to quash Elon Musk's dreams? Republican legislators target private sector election grants How Democrats can defy the odds in 2022 MORE posted a message on Thursday saying that government officials should "uphold the law—end of story."




The message from the former secretary of State came in response to news that a judge had found Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis in contempt of court for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Davis, who is now in custody, has cited her religious objections.

Several Republican presidential candidates have similarly suggested this week that the Rowan County clerk, as a public official, should issue the marriage licenses.

But other Republicans, including Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz raises .3 million in first quarter of 2021 Boehner says he voted for Trump, didn't push back on election claims because he's retired Boehner: Trump's claims of stolen election a 'sad moment in American history' MORE (Texas) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulRepublicans need to stop Joe Biden's progressive assault on America Fauci fatigue sets in as top doc sows doubt in vaccine effectiveness Republican legislators target private sector election grants MORE (Ky.) and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, have come out strongly in defense of Davis on the grounds that her religious liberty is under attack.