Jeb Bush Seeks Middle Ground on Clerk's Same-Sex Marriage Stand

Image: Jeb Bush in Laconia, New Hampshire
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush at a campaign town hall Thursday in Laconia, New Hampshire.Brian Snyder / Reuters

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By Rachel Kleinman

Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush on Thursday weighed in on the hot-button issue of the week: whether Kentucky court clerk Kim Davis ought to be entitled — based on her religious beliefs — to defy a federal court order mandating that she issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

"[Davis] is sworn to uphold the law and it seems to me there ought to be common ground, there ought to be big enough space for her to act on her conscience and for, now that the law is the law of the land, for a gay couple to be married in whatever jurisdiction that is," Bush said to supporters at a town hall event in Laconia, New Hampshire.

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