As Jim Obergefell, lead plaintiff in the lawsuit that legalized same-sex marriage nationally, prepares to attend the State of the Union address as First Lady Michelle Obama's guest, hate group leaders are taking a victory lap for having secured a seat in the hall for Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis, who continues to grandstand for her right to discriminate against same-sex couples on religious grounds.
According to The Hill, anti-gay hate group Family Research Council arranged for Davis to attend President Obama's final State of the Union address on Tuesday. Seated with Davis will be her attorney Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of the anti-gay hate group Liberty Counsel.
"While the President will be extolling his 'accomplishments' of the last seven years, Kim Davis and Mat Staver will be a visible reminder of the Administration's attack on religious liberty and an encouragement for people of faith to stand," reads a statement released by Liberty Counsel on Tuesday.
"Kim and I are encouraging all people of faith to get involved in the political process, to vote for people who support your values, and to never give up," said Staver. "Our 'one nation under God,' is worth our continued prayers and active support."
According to AP, every lawmaker gets one guest ticket to the President's annual speech. Staver did not say which members of Congress invited them, and no lawmaker has yet acknowledged extending the invitation.