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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 MerkleyJeff MerkleyChicago police officer arrested for role in Capitol riot Democrats reintroduce bill to create 'millionaires surtax' EPA chief emphasizes staffing, environmental justice in Appropriations testimony MORE (D-Ore.), will sit with first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaJill Biden, Kate Middleton to meet this week Jill Biden to focus on military families on foreign trip Book claims Trump believed Democrats would replace Biden with Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama in 2020 election 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.”