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Hundreds expected to rally in support of Rowan County clerk at 3 p.m. today

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GRAYSON, Ky. (WDRB) – Hundreds of people are expected to rally in support of the Kentucky county clerk who is in jail for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

Kim Davis supporters were already gathering outside the jail at noon. Tuesday marked her fifth full day at the Carter County Jail and there was no doubt that her incarceration had become as much of a political issue as a legal one.

Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is expected to appear at the rally and speak in support of her. Another Presidential candidate – Republican Senator Ted Cruz – will visit her here, but will not take part in the rally.

Republican Gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin will join Huckabee on stage. Their aim is to galvanize evangelical Christian voters, and put pressure on Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear to do something to accommodate Davis’ religious objection to issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Huckabee has been using some heated rhetoric in his defense of Davis.

“Do we have three equal branches, or do we have one supreme branch – not just a Supreme Court?” Huckabee said during a national interview. “That’s the fundamental question.”

“I want my grandchildren – and I have seven – to grow up with the same religious freedoms and liberties that I grew up with,” said Bernard Debberschmidt. “I don’t want people – the Supreme Court – telling them…that…how to think or believe.”

This is expected to be a huge event. In fact, five Carter County schools near the jail are closed today. Officials say the five schools dismissed at a time that would conflict with the rally. There are concerns about traffic and congestion.

The rally begins today at 3 p.m.

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