Anti-gay Kentucky clerk Kim Davis will be in attendance during Tuesday night's State of the Union address. The woman who spent time behind bars in 2015 for refusing to recognize same-sex marriage in her state, will be just a few feet from President Obama when he gives his final SOTU address.
The issue of same-sex marriage is still one of the most debated in the United States. After the Supreme Court ruled in favor of nation wide same-sex marriage, Republicans and the religious right nearly went off the deep end. The situation involving Davis captivated the country and social American politics for much of the fall, ending in Davis being released from jail with the help of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, as the theme from the Rocky films blared during a celebration of her alleged courage. Now as The Washington Examiner reported on Jan. 11, Davis will be the guest of Tony Perkins, the head of the extreme right wing Christian group, the Family Research Council during the SOTU.
Davis' invitation comes as a response to Obama, who invited Jim Obergefell to attend, the plaintiff in the court case that ultimately ended with the Supreme Court's historic ruling. In an advanced copy of Perkins' statement, Davis was described as "the face of the opposition when she refused to sanction same-sex marriages by allowing her name to appear on marriage licenses."
The State of the Union address will be held this Tuesday at 9 p.m. local time and broadcasted on most cable news outlets. The Republicans, in response, will have South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley waiting to give a rebuttal.