Kentucky clerk Kim Davis claimed last week that her legal fight to keep her county from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples was not “a gay or lesbian issue.”

Davis is the elected clerk of Rowan County 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.

She received a ticket for President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address through the office of Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, a Republican strongly opposed to LGBT rights.

In an interview with Catholic news network EWTN's Jason Calvi, Davis praised the president for remarks he made “about how to stand strong, help those that are less fortunate.”

“And I think that is the basis of the Christian faith is the brotherly love, you know?” she said.

The president also included a reference to the Supreme Court's marriage equality ruling in his speech.

(Related: Obama: Spirit of America is how we secured marriage equality.)

“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 said. “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 added that Obama's agenda was “mashing down” Christians.

“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,” she said.

(Related: At Kim Davis attended event, Tony Perkins claims gay marriage has led to “blood on our streets.”)