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Kim Davis Fights Back Tears In First Interview: I’ve Denied Gay Friends Marriage Licenses

Tue, September 22, 2015 9:06am EDT by 3 Comments
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Whoa. Kim Davis made headlines for denying same sex couples marriage licenses, and in her first interview since being released from jail, she admitted she has gay friends of her own…and shockingly refused them the right to marry, as well.

Even some of  Kim Davis’ own friends can’t get a marriage license from the county clerk. Despite controversially denying gay couples marriage licenses, Kim said she actually has friends in same-sex relationships, but even they can’t get her to change her view on the subject.

“I have friends who are gay and lesbians,” she told ABC News in her first interview since her headline-making decision and brief time in jail. “They know where I stand, and we don’t agree on this issue. But we’re okay, because we respect each other.”

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When asked by Good Morning America’s Paula Faris about whether or not she’s refused her friends’ right to marry, Kim honestly responded, “I did. I can’t put my name on a license that doesn’t represent what God ordained marriage to be.”

Kim was found guilty of contempt of court on Sept. 3 after she refused to sign marriage licenses for gay couples in Rowan County, Kentucky, where she served as a county clerk. Although the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of same-sex marriages, Kim claims her “conscious would not allow” her to issue the licenses based on her religious beliefs. She was released from jail on Sept. 8, but has been ordered not to “interfere” with any licenses her deputies grant.

The 49-year-old was brutally honest in her interview with ABC and refused to back down from her standpoint once, although she did get emotional and fought back tears while discussing all the hate she’s received since this al began. “I’ve been called Hitler, I’ve been called a hypocrite, I’ve been called a homophobe,” she said. “What probably hurts me the worst [is when people say] my God does not love me or that my God is not happy with me — that I am a hypocrite of a Christian.”

HollywoodLifers, what did you think of Kim’s first interview?

— Alyssa Norwin