Kim Davis to attend Obama’s last State of the Union address
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 12, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - She has seen the inside of a jail cell. Now Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis will be seated inside the U.S. Capitol.
Davis will attend tonight's State of the Union address, pro-family activists say.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins made the announcement last night at FRC's annual "State of the Family" address.
"We have seen several heroes arise in the last year and we are honored to have some of them join us tonight. While the marriage decision was a devastating principled loss for us all, it was a very personal loss for Kentucky Clerk of Court, Kim Davis," he said, motioning toward Davis, who was in the crowd.
Davis spent five days in jail after Judge David Bunning, a Republican, held her in contempt of court for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
FRC announced that the clerk will attend tonight's nationally televised address, President Obama's last, with her lawyer, Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver.
Liberty Counsel would not disclose which member of Congress extended the invitation. "No, we are not releasing that information," LC spokeswoman Charla Bansley told NPR.
Davis, who describes herself as an Apostolic Christian, says that she would have allowed surrogates in her office to issue such licenses, if they did not have her name on them - something that she said would make her complicit in a ceremony that violates her conscience. She feared that would be a grave sin that would ensnare her soul for eternity, and asked the Kentucky legislature and then-Gov. Steve Beshear, a Democrat, to make an accommodation, to no avail.
"Kim stood strong to the point of spending time in the local jail until our friends at Liberty Counsel successfully argued for her release," Perkins said.
Republican presidential hopefuls Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz met with her upon her release from prison in September, with Huckabee calling her imprisonment a case of the "criminalization of Christianity."
After crediting the circus surrounding Davis for his election, newly elected Republican Gov. Matt Bevin granted Davis the accommodation she requested by executive order.
"Kim stood up courageously against the power of the state and the ACLU and she, along with religious liberty in Kentucky prevailed!" Perkins said at his event on Monday night.
The crowd will be a mix, as James Obergefell, the man whose lawsuit led the Supreme Court to redefine marriage nationwide, has been invited to tonight's speech by First Lady Michelle Obama.
Davis and Staver have had more exclusive audiences in the past. The two met with Pope Francis during his visit to the United States last fall.
"Well done, Kim," Perkins said.