Former Vice President Dick Cheney tells Newsmax TV
that the Kentucky clerk who’s refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, must obey the law.
"The Supreme Court has ruled on the subject of same-sex marriage. It’s the law of the land," Cheney said Wednesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show."
"As a general proposition, it seems to me you’ve got to go forward with it."
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court refused to lift a lower court order that requires Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis to issue marriage licenses.
Davis stopped issuing all licenses for straights and gays, and then defied an order from Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear after the High Court's June ruling that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right.
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Davis, a thrice-divorced elected official in the northeastern Kentucky county, said she was defying the Supreme Court to act "under God's authority."
Cheney and his daughter Liz, are co-authors of the new book, "Exceptional: Why the
World Needs a Powerful America,"
published by Threshold Editions.
Liz Cheney, a former employee of the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, appeared with her father on the Malzberg program. She said she agreed that the Kentucky clerk must relent and issue licenses.
"It is the law of the land, the court has ruled and she’s not an employee of a church or a synagogue, she's a government employee. So she has an obligation to uphold the law," Liz Cheney said.
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