President Barack Obama will give his last State of the Union address on January 12. A host of notable guests are slated to attend including a Black Lives Matter activist and a prominent Muslim leader, but one wouldn’t expect such a salacious appearance as Kim Davis to be in the audience.
The county clerk, who became a notorious public figure after being jailed for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses, was invited to the SOTU address, but the catch is — why?
The anti-marriage equality icon will attend but won’t say which member of Congress invited her and her lawyer Mat Staver.
"We are not releasing the names of the Congressmen who provided tickets for Kim and Mat because the focus should not be on the Congressmen or politics but on why Kim and (Liberty Council Chairman) Mat Staver are there,” Charla Bansley, a representative for Davis's lawyers, said. “Kim will be in the gallery tonight as a counterweight to the President's message. She is representing many Americans who have been adversely affected by the President's policies, specifically this Administration's trampling of religious liberty.”
Yet by not releasing the information, the curiosity grows even more intense. The only smidgen of a hint so far is anti-LGBT group The Family Research Council telling the Washington Examiner the organization secured seats for her and her lawyer in the House audience.
In stark contrast, James Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that led to marriage equality in the United States, will be seated next to First Lady Michelle Obama.
“To me it doesn’t seem the right venue to promote divisiveness or to support or encourage a public official refusing to serve the entire public, especially when they’ve taken an oath to uphold the laws of their state and the Constitution,” Obergefell said regarding Davis’s attendance. “But again it’s the United States and she has as much right to be in that chamber as I do or anyone else does. I can agree to disagree with her position and those who support her, but she has the right to be there.”
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