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Governor Hutchinson on Kim Davis: clerks are in a unique position

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) -

A Kentucky county clerk is making national headlines after she refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Her refusal comes months after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriage and governors across the nation told county clerks that they must comply.

In Arkansas, all clerks who said they wouldn't issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples have either resigned or later stated they would.

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson was in Region 8 Thursday and answered questions on his thoughts of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis' actions.

"We all have great respect for those who have strong religious convictions," Hutchinson said. "County clerks are in a unique position because they have a responsibility to do the law, to carry out their ministerial duties. I've advised our clerks in Arkansas that that's their responsibility to follow the law. I'll leave Kentucky to Kentucky."

When Hutchinson told county clerks to comply with the law, he also stated that he didn't like it.

Hutchinson has said in the past that he believes marriage is between a man and a woman but he also said the issue needs to be talked about with tolerance.

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