Kim Davis Describes Being at the Center of the Same-Sex Marriage Debate

The Kentucky county clerk discusses the controversy surrounding her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
5:13 | 09/22/15

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Transcript for Kim Davis Describes Being at the Center of the Same-Sex Marriage Debate
Right now that is coming up but that ABC news exclusive, Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex has been touched by the grace of god and his mercy and I haven't always been a good person, Paula. When I didn't live for god I didn't live for him. I was living for the devil. You've been married four times. Uh-huh. You had children in adulteress relationships. People are calling a hypocrite. Are you? No. I'm forgiven. Washed clean. Reporter: And so 4 1/2 years ago when Davis found god she said she could not separate church from state, believing that a marriage is only between a man and a woman. Davis who was elected in November as a democrat refuses to obey the opinion of the supreme court that sent her to jail for contempt. Who do you consider your boss, god, your con hit wents or the federal government? Well, my constituents elected me. But the main authority that rules my life is the lord. Reporter: So god, the authority, trumps all authority in your mind. Yes. So why would you want to remain in this position? I'm good at my job. I have friends who are gay and lesbians. They know where I stand and we don't agree on this issue and we're okay because we respect each other. So you would deny your friends who are in gay relationships, you would deny them a marriage license, as well? I did. I can't put my name on a license that doesn't represent what god ordained marriage to be. Reporter: And there are thousands of others who feel the same way. She's received encouragement from all over the world. Numerous handwritten note, a handmade prayer shawl and crosses but the hate mail came too. Very vulgar. I've been called hitler. I've been called hypocrite. I've been called a homophobe. What probably hurts me the wor worst, that my god does not love me or that my god is not happy with me, that I am a hypocrite of a Christian. Reporter: Davis was released from jail after being behind bars six days greeting the public in an emotional rally getting the attention of presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee. Now back at work she's still refusing to put her name on any marriage licenses forcing her deputies like Brian mason to take over those duties. Now Brian is signing all of the marriage licenses. Your name is not on those licenses. In your mind are they till valid? They're not valid in god's eyes for one and, you know, I think the authority I have given no authority to write a marriage license. They did not have my permission or my authorization. Reporter: One of the voters who finally received a marriage license said that he finally couples saying that would violate her Christian beliefs. She spent six days in jail for contempt of court and the aclu claims she's interfering W marriages again. Isth morning her first interview with our Paula Faris. Good moood morning, George. I spent several hours with her at her Kentucky property. She says her religious liberty and conscience go hand in hand and in her eye those licenses being issued without her name them are not valid. She tells me if it comes down to it she is prepared to go back to jail. I have spouted a word of hate. I've not been hateful. I've had people yelling and screaming and cussing me. Reporter: She said she never expected to be a household name when she started denying marriage licenses at her county office. Licenses. She is prepared to go back to jail. She said she is and digging her heels in. Thanks very much. Fascinating stuff. You have a lot more on "The view." I'm sure it will be a lively discussion on "The view." It will be.

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