Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who was jailed for almost a week after refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses with her name on them, said she's been treated badly by people, but she's "never once spouted a word of hate."
"I've not been hateful," a tearful Davis told ABC's "Good Morning America"
in the first part of a segment aired Tuesday. "I'm just a normal person that has been touched by the grace of God and his mercy."
The second part of the interview was to air on "The View" later in the morning.
But, she told interviewer Paula Faris that she hasn't "always been a good person," because "when I didn't live for God I didn't live for him. I was living for the devil."
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That included being married four times and having children from "adulterous" relationships, Faris pointed out, but Davis said she does not feel like a hypocrite for her decision to refuse issuing marriage licenses and that she considers God to be in charge of her life.
"My constituents elected me," she said. "But the main authority that rules my life is the lord."
Davis said she wants to stay in the job because she is good at it. She also told Faris that she has homosexual friends who understand where she stands on the issue.
"We don't agree on this issue and we're okay because we respect each other," she said, telling Faris she's also refused to issue any of those friends marriage licenses because "I can't put my name on a license that doesn't represent what God ordained marriage to be."
And, Davis said she's been called "Hitler" and a "hypocrite, but what's worst is when someone tells her that "my God does not love me or that my God is not happy with me."
And now that her deputies are signing marriage licenses, she does not think they're valid because she has "given no authority to write a marriage license...they did not have my permission or authorization."
Meanwhile, Davis responded to news of a person who received a license from her office, who said he "finally felt human."
"I don't think dignity is guaranteed in the Constitution but something you find within yourself," she told Faris. "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."
Sandy Fitzgerald has more than three decades in journalism and serves as a general assignment writer for Newsmax covering news, media, and politics.
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