Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who went to jail for denying a same-sex couple the right to a marriage license will be attending President Barack Obama‘s State of the Union address tonight [Tuesday, January 12 2016] according to NPR.
“Kim Davis and Mat Staver will be a visible reminder of the [a]dministration’s attack on religious liberty and an encouragement for people of faith to stand,” the Liberty Counsel wrote in a press release. Staver is Davis’ attorney and the founder of the group. “For seven years, people of faith have been in the crosshairs of the Obama [a]dministration. The state of religious liberty is dire, but we cannot give up.”
Davis was in jail for five days in September, held in contempt for defying court orders to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Once Davis was released, she was met with a rally of supporters, including presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee.
While it’s unclear who invited Davis, a spokesperson for the Liberty Counsel told NPR: “The focus we want to be on is why Kim is there, and Kim is there because she is standing for the many Americans, who have not benefited under President Obama’s seven years, and specifically had their religious liberty trampled.”