While Kim Davis initially offered a terse, four-word review of President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union Address on Tuesday, the Kentucky clerk told a Catholic news network how she really felt.
In an interview with EWTN News Nightly picked up by Right Wing Watch, the defiant antigay clerk said she agreed with the president’s call to “stand strong [and] help those that are less fortunate,” as that’s a central tenet of her Christian faith.
But that’s where the presidential praise by the self-avowed “soldier for Christ” ended.
Davis, who spent five days in jail last year for contempt of court after she refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Rowan County, Ky., following the Supreme Court’s June marriage equality decision, was predictably displeased with the president’s characterization of nationwide marriage equality as one of the “unique strengths of our nation.”
“He had made the statement that everybody was free to marry who they love, and, of course, that’s the stand that I stood against,” Davis told EWTN’s Jason Calvi. “And it’s not, for me, it never was a gay or a lesbian issue. It’s about standing up for the word of the God and as God had defined marriage from the very beginning as between one man and one woman, and that’s what I stood for.”
Davis attended Tuesday’s address at the invitation of the Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, who initially claimed he didn’t invite the clerk, but rather gave a ticket to the anti-LGBT Family Research Council, which subsequently gave the ticket to Davis.
Bolstering her position as a right-wing martyr for antigay religious beliefs, Davis seized on the president’s call to reject religious fearmongering and accept those of differing faiths.
“One of the things that he focused on was that we should not discriminate against Muslims or persecute them, but he never once said anything about the people of the Christian faith who are being so tried and tested and being mashed down, literally, with his agenda,” Davis told EWTN.
She did not elaborate on how the president has supposedly oppressed Christians in the country where 70 percent of residents identify with that faith.
Watch EWTN’s interview with Davis below.