Mike Huckabee: ‘Lock me up’ in Kim Davis’ place


GRAYSON, KY, September 8, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Mike Huckabee hopes his next home will be the White House, but he’s willing to go to the Big House, if it keeps Rowan County clerk Kim Davis free.

The 2016 Republican presidential hopeful said in a rally this afternoon that if U.S. District Judge David Bunning wants to jail someone for refusing to issue marriage licenses, Huckabee would take Davis’ place.

“I have a message for the judge, and I say this with all my heart,” Huckabee said just before four o’clock Eastern time.

“Let Kim go, but if you have to put someone in jail, I volunteer to go. Let me go. Lock me up, if you think that is how freedom is best served,” he said.

“I am willing to spend the next eight years in the White House leading this country, but I want you to know I’m willing to spend the next eight years in jail,” he told the crowd. “But I’m not willing to spend one day under the tyranny of people who believe they can take our liberty and conscience away!”

The line brought roars of appreciation from supporters from the local area, where Davis was elected county clerk last November – a post her mother held for 36 years.

Huckabee made a point to mention that Davis is “an elected Democrat.”

“I don’t want people to think this is an issue about Republicans and Democrats, because it was a Republican judge who put her in this jail to begin with,” he said.

He then addressed the newly freed Kim Davis, who was released from prison this afternoon. “Kim, we will stand with the Constitution, and we will stand with our faith, and we will not be bullied even if they incarcerate us,” he said.

But as the rally revealed, Davis’ next collision with the law may come in just a matter of days.

Judge Bunning, the son of former U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, released Davis today with the condition that she not “interfere in any way” with her subordinates, who have been issuing marriage licenses to homosexuals since last Friday.

Her legal counsel said she will go back to work later this week, but no more licenses will be given to same-sex couples.

“She will not abandon her post at that position she’s been democratically elected to serve,” her attorney, Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver, told the large and boisterous crowd outside the Carter County Detention Center in Grayson, Kentucky, where Davis spent the last six days.

Inside the jail, Davis “was freer than most Americans, because she wasn’t in that jail cell alone,” he said. “Kim Davis is a free woman, but her conscience did not change to get freedom.”

“She will not resign that position,” he said. And “she cannot let her name be associated with something that conflicts with God’s definition of marriage.”

Calls to obey conscience echoed off the detention facility’s walls, as a distinguished lineup of speakers – who had already been scheduled to demand Davis‘ release – spoke in celebration of her possibly temporary freedom.

Former HGTV star-in-waiting David Benham – who attended the rally with his brother Jason – said, “Today we stand with Kim, but tomorrow we must all stand like Kim and not back down.” Their father, pro-life advocate Rev. Flip Benham, helped arrange a demonstration in the area, as well.

Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, said, “The way we keep our freedom is we use our freedom.”

“Peace comes through strength,” he said. “Given the crisis our nation is facing, the time of being spectators is over.”

Matt Bevin, the Republican who ran for governor in the last election cycle, said Christians must also vote together. “The minority is winning over the majority, because the majority sits on its hands and doesn’t go to the ballot box,” he said.

But the biggest applause line was uttered by the Davis herself, who spoke briefly but powerfully near the end of the hour-long rally.

“I love you guys so much!” she said, choking back tears.

Staver alluded to the fact that many of her tears had been caused by harsh personal attacks made by those on the Left, who “wanted to talk about her past marriages. They wanted to talk about her past failings,” but there’s “a new Kim Davis now,” one who has “experienced the grace of Jesus Christ.”

Despite her imprisonment, Davis “does not consider herself a martyr. She does not consider herself a hero. She considers herself Kim Davis: a faithful servant of Jesus Christ.”