Kentucky gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin clashed with CNN host Don Lemon Tuesday night over the county clerk who has refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Lemon played Bevin a clip from “The West Wing” that shows fictional President Jed Barlett cite various Bible scriptures to show that some concepts have become outdated. The “CNN Tonight” host then asked Bevin to respond.
“Frankly, what you are asking me to do is make commentary on a television program. I’m talking about real-life issues,” Bevin said.
“But it’s about actual real-life Bible versus,” Lemon replied.
Bevin started to explain that he is running for governor, but Lemon interjected.
“I understand that, I understand that. But Mr. Bevin, will you answer my question? Those are real-life Bible verses that he is referring to,” Lemon said.
“If you would stop talking I’ll try,” Bevin shot back.
“Well, I will stop talking, but anyways. Those are real-life Bible verses that he is referring to,” Lemon said.
The two continued to clash.
“You’re selectively choosing,” Bevin told Lemon.
“No, but that’s what she’s doing! That is a criticism of her. That is not the criticism of me,” Lemon said.
Bevin attempted to interject.
“Hang on! Will you let me finish? Will you let me finish and then you can answer the question!” Lemon told Bevin.
“You’re sounding a bit upset here,” the Kentucky gubernatorial candidate quipped.
“I’m not upset, I’m just trying to get you to answer the question. You are the one who is not answering the question!” Lemon replied.
Bevin said he appreciated the CNN host’s “theological expertise,” before saying he had proposed a solution where there is “equal protection under the law.”
“Mr. Bevin, Mr. Bevin: with all due respect, you have answered that three times. You have just given me the same answer three times,” Lemon told him.
For the remainder of the segment, the two continued to clash, with Bevin saying his job would not be to deal with hypotheticals as governor.
On Tuesday, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis was released from jail after serving five days for contempt when she ignored a judge’s order to start issuing same-sex marriage licenses as required by the law.
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