WKYT Exclusive: Kim Davis says experience has made her stronger

Published: Jan. 14, 2016 at 7:00 PM EST
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Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis says she has no regrets about refusing to issue marriage licenses last year in response to a Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.

Davis did an interview with WKYT's Bill Bryant for a taping of Kentucky Newsmakers which will air Sunday morning.

During the interview she said she never intended to become the focal point for a national issue.

"I never would have thought standing up for the word of God would bring so much media frenzy and I never imagined that," Davis said.

When the news of her refusal first attracted national attention she said her office stopped issuing marriage licenses to avoid discriminating against same-sex couples.

She told Bryant that despite the five days she spent in jail for disobeying a federal judge's order, she never considered stepping down from her office.

"Resignation was never an option for me," she said. "I feel if I had resigned I would have simply just laid down and done nothing and to be an effectual witness, not just for God but for everybody. You have to be willing to stand, to take heat and to go through the pressure of the trial if you ever want to make a difference."

At the time she asked then governor Steve Beshear to remove the names of county clerks from that paperwork, a request he denied.

When Gov. Matt Bevin took office he used an executive order to make that change.

"That is the exact accommodation I had asked for," she said. "I asked for our governor to remove the clerk's name from the marriage license, so that it would not be my signature, my name, my authorization that would issue those licenses."

Davis was in the news earlier this week when she was invited to President Obama's State of the Union address.

During the interview she said the experience has changed her, but not her beliefs.

"It's probably made me a stronger person. A stronger Christian. When you get to a point where you are outside that realm where you're comfortable and where you have control, you have to rely on God, and that makes you stronger in your faith."

She also insists that her stand was never about gay marriage.

"No offense, the media has made it into an issue that really, it wasn't for me. Now it may have been for them, but it was never that issue of a gay or a lesbian issue for me. It was always about standing up for the word of God."

The entire interview can be seen this Sunday at 6 a.m. on WKYT and again at 10 a.m. on The CW Lexington.