Kim Davis met with Pope Francis, Vatican confirms
Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses, did in fact meet with Pope Francis during his U.S. visit last week, the Vatican has reportedly confirmed.
“I do not deny that the meeting took place, but I have no other comments to add,” the New York Times reported Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi saying Wednesday. The statement was cited in several other media reports as well.
The Vatican had previously refused to confirm or deny the meeting, the Associated Press had reported.
Davis and her husband met privately with Francis last Thursday afternoon at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, D.C., for less than 15 minutes, her lawyer, Mat Staver has said. Davis had been in Washington for the Values Voter Summit, where the Family Research Council presented her with an award for defying a federal judge's order to issue same-sex marriage permits.
Davis is an Apostolic Christian.
Pope Francis did not focus on same-sex marriage during his trip to Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia. But he tid tell a reporter conscientious objection "is a right. And if a person does not allow others to be a conscientious objector, he denies a right."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.