White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Thursday that he would not second-guess a judge's decision to jail a Kentucky clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was found in contempt of court for refusing to issue such licenses on religious grounds.

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“I would not from this vantage point second-guess those decisions,” Earnest told reporters.

“There's a rule of law and the principle of the rule of law is central to our democracy,” he added. “And it's appropriate in this instance for a federal judge to determine the best way to enforce the law.”