Gay marriage plaintiff: Kim Davis has right to attend State of the Union

Gay marriage plaintiff: Kim Davis has right to attend State of the Union

Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court case that legalized gay marriage last year, says Kentucky clerk Kim Davis "has the right to be" at President Obama's final State of the Union.

“To me it doesn’t seem the right venue to promote divisiveness or to support or encourage a public official refusing to serve the entire public, especially when they’ve taken an oath to uphold the laws of their state and the Constitution, but again it’s the United States and she has as much right to be in that chamber as I do or anyone else does,” he told reporters Tuesday.

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“I can agree to disagree with her position and those who support her, but she has the right to be there.”

Davis, a county clerk, was briefly jailed last year for refusing to hand out marriage licenses to gay couples after the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. The Family Research Council has reportedly arranged for her to be in the House chamber along with her attorney Mat Staver.

Obergefell, who was originally the invited guest of Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyHillicon Valley: NSA warns of new security threats | Teen accused of Twitter hack pleads not guilty | Experts warn of mail-in voting misinformation Merkley, Sanders introduce bill limiting corporate facial recognition Portland protesters clash with law enforcement for first time since federal presence diminished MORE (D-Ore.), will sit with first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama says she is managing 'low-grade depression' Michelle Obama supporters urge Biden to pick former first lady as running mate Michelle Obama wishes Barack a happy birthday: 'My favorite guy' MORE during the President’s address, which begins at 9 p.m.

“The great thing about the United States is everyone has a right to their own opinion and has the right to speak their mind and fight for their beliefs, for their opinions,” Obergefell said.

“All I will say is for me the State of the Union is about celebrating the accomplishments and the successes of an administration and this administration has made it their goal in everything they do to fight for the rights of all Americans, the rights, the protections and the dignity for all Americans.”