Renegade county clerk Kim Davis burst into tears recounting how marriage equality supporters have called her a hypocrite, and that her detractors have hurt her feelings by claiming "that my God does not love me or that my God is not happy with me."
In an exclusive interview with ABC's Good Morning America, the Kentucky clerk also revealed she denied her gay friends a marriage license, and despite orders from a federal judge, Kentucky's governor, and the U.S. Supreme Court, that she remains defiant in her religious objection to same-sex marriage.
Davis told Paula Faris, the ABC News anchor and cohost of The View, that she didn't expect to become a household name when she decided to refuse to issue marriage licenses. “I’m just a normal person that has been touched by the grace of God, and his mercy,” Davis said.
“I can't put my name on a license that doesn't represent what God ordained marriage to be," Davis told Faris on her Rowan County front porch. She explained her decision to refuse even her gayfriends a marriage license, but would did not name the couple she considers friends. None of the couples who sued her or applied for licenses has claimed she is a friend.
Davis also took issue with being called a hypocrite for "defending" marriage after she's been married four times and had a child out of wedlock. "I’m forgiven,” she said. “Washed clean.”
She told Faris the charges of hypocrisy hit her harder than criticism of her civil rights stance and descriptions of her as a homophobe. "What people say about me does not define who I am," Davis said. "That’s everybody’s opinion and that’s everybody’s right."
"I’ve been called things and names that I didn’t even say when I was in the world. Those names don’t hurt me," Davis said. "What probably hurt me the worst is when someone tells me that my God does not love me or that my God is not happy with me, that I am a hypocrite of a Christian."
The clerk dismissed the rights of gay and lesbian couples in denying the effects of her actions. “I don't think dignity is guaranteed in the Constitution," she told Faris. "I think dignity is something that you find within yourself,” Davis said. “I feel really sad that … someone could be so unhappy with themselves as a person that they did not feel dignified as a human being until they got a piece of paper. I mean, there's just so much more to life than that.”