Republican presidential candidate John Kasich said Sunday that Kentucky clerk Kim Davis should follow the law.

Kasich, the governor of Ohio, weighed in on the controversy surrounding Davis during an appearance on ABC's This Week.

Davis, the elected clerk of Rowan County, was jailed on Thursday after a judge found her in contempt for failing to comply with his ruling ordering her to issue marriage licenses to all qualified couples. Davis, an Apostolic Christian, has said that issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples would be a violation of her conscience.

The day after Davis was jailed, deputy clerks at her office began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

“She's not running a church,” Kasich said. “I wouldn't force this on a church, but in terms of her responsibility, I think she has to comply.”

He said that while he disagrees with her jailing, Davis “should follow the law.”

“When we see these kind of battles going on, I get a little bit afraid that it turns people off to the idea of faith in God,” Kasich added. “I think we need to talk a lot about the dues, about humility, about helping our neighbor, about the need to live a life bigger than ourselves.”

Kasich's position stands in stark contrast to at least six of his rivals for the GOP presidential nomination. Texas Senator Ted Cruz, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum have been the most outspoken. Cruz said that he stood by Davis “unequivocally,” Santorum called her actions “heroic,” and Huckabee is scheduled to lead a rally Tuesday in support of Davis.