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WATCH: Kim Davis given award for refusing marriage licences to gay couples

Independent.ie Newdesk

Published 02/10/2015 | 10:19

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis makes a statement to the media at the front door of the Rowan County Judicial Centre. (AP)
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis makes a statement to the media at the front door of the Rowan County Judicial Centre. (AP)

The Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples has been given an award by a conservative Christian lobbying group.

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Kim Davis broke down in tears after she was presented the "Cost of Discipleship" award by the Family Research Council.

 “I want to start by thanking my Lord and my savior Jesus Christ, because without him none of this would have ever been possible, for he is my strength that carries me," she said.

“I am only one, but we are many.”

Ms Davis was jailed for five days in September for refusing to comply with a judge's order to issue the licenses in line with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Davis, whose parents are Catholic, has said her beliefs as an Apostolic Christian prevent her from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Her church belongs to a Protestant movement known as Apostolic Pentecostalism.

In a previous interview, Ms Davis said that she is not homophobic, but that she is willing to go back to jail for her beliefs.

It was previously reported that Ms Davis had secretly met with Pope Francis during his visit to America.

Vatican chief spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said he would neither confirm nor deny the report and that there would be no further statement. This was unusual for the Vatican, which normally issues either denials or confirmations.

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