In an interview with me at the Values Voter Summit, the annual conference of social conservatives, business tycoon and 2016 GOP candidate Donald Trump appeared to change his position on Kentucky clerk Kim Davis and her defiant stand to refuse marriage licenses with her name on them in opposition to same-sex marriage.
“I haven’t been opposed to her stand and I think it’s fine,” Trump told me in an interview on SiriusXM Progress when asked about the clerk’s cause and the fact that she is being honored with the “Cost of Discipleship Award" at the conservative conference, where he spoke on Thursday. “I’ve never been opposed to her stand.”
When asked if he thinks she should be allowed to deny marriage licenses, he replied, “We’re going to see what happens right now."
That appeared to be a flip-flop from his previous statements. On Sept. 9, appearing on "The O’Reilly Factor" on Fox News shortly after Davis was released from jail, Trump was unequivocal in his position against Davis’ stand.
“Well, you know, she was released and that was good, and it was too bad that she had to be put in jail, and I’m a very, very strong believer in Christianity and religion, but I will say that this was not the right job for her,” he said. “Because we had a ruling from the Supreme Court and we are a country of laws and you have to do what the Supreme Court ultimately, whether you like the decision or not, and it was a 5-4 decision, whether you like the decision or not, you have to go along with the Supreme Court. That’s the way it is.”
Those comments reiterated previous comments Trump made earlier in September.
"You have to go with it. The decision's been made, and that is the law of the land," he said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," adding, "I would say the simple answer is let her clerks do it. Now from what I understand she's not letting the clerks do it either.”
Davis wasn't allowing clerks to issue licenses prior to a federal judge ordering her jailed. She has allowed the licenses to be issued since her release, but only with her name and title removed, and a statement on each license saying it is issued "pursuant to a court order." The ACLU has filed a motion in federal court claiming Davis is interfering with the licenses in defiance of a federal order, making them possibly invalid.
In his speech before the Values Voters Summit on Thursday, Trump didn't discuss Davis or her cause at all.