WASHINGTON (AP) – The mystery over who invited Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who spent five days in jail for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses, to the State of the Union address was solved Tuesday evening.
Republican Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Urbana) says his “staff heard from the Family Research Council that Ms. Davis and her family hoped to attend the State of the Union address and so I offered a ticket.”
Every lawmaker gets one guest ticket to the president’s annual speech, though congressional leaders get extras.
First lady Michelle Obama invited Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the case in which the Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage across the nation.
After the Supreme Court’s decision, Davis cited “God’s authority” and refused to issue marriage licenses, despite a series of federal court orders.