Kentucky clerk Kim Davis said Tuesday that she attended President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address to provide “encouragement” to “all Christians.”

Davis is the elected clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky who last year defied a federal judge's ruling ordering her office to issue marriage licenses to all qualified couples. Davis refused, claiming that to issue such licenses to gay and lesbian couples would violate her conscience. Her unsuccessful attempt to keep her office from issuing such licenses turned her into a Christian celebrity.

After the president's speech, Davis was asked about her attendance by Ivan Couronne of the AFP.

“I just want to be an encouragement … to all Christians who want to stay and make a difference,” Davis answered.

“What did you think of the president's speech?” Couronne asked.

“It was good,” she said.

The question of who invited Davis was answered late Tuesday when an aide to Rep. Jim Jordan revealed that the Ohio Republican's office had extended an invitation to Davis.

“Kim Davis used our ticket,” a spokesperson for Jordan said. “Our staff heard from the Family Research Council that Ms. Davis and her family hoped to attend the State of the Union address and so we offered a ticket.”