Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who has
refused to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, told
ABC News on Tuesday that she has gay friends.
“I have friends who are gay and
lesbians,” Davis told Paula Faris in her first interview. “They
know where I stand. And we don't agree on this issue. And we're
okay because we respect each other.”
“So, you would deny your friends who
are in gay relationships, you would deny them a marriage license, as
well?” Faris asked.
“I did,” Davis answered.
Davis served five days in jail for
refusing to comply with a federal judge's ruling ordering her to
issue marriage licenses to all qualified couples. Davis has stated
that issuing marriage licenses to gay couples would violate her
Davis told Faris that she's been called
Hitler, a homophobe and a hypocrite.
“I have been called things and names
that I didn't even say when I was in the world. Those names don't
hurt me,” she said.
“What probably hurts me the worst is
when someone tells me that my God does not love me or that my God is
not happy with me, that I am a hypocrite of a Christian,” a tearful
Davis added, a probable reference to marrying four times.
Critics this week have accused Davis of
trying to circumvent the judge's order by altering marriage licenses
issued to gay couples. The changes, which include removing her name,
“call into question the validity of the marriage licenses issued,”
lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said.