Kim Davis, who is most commonly known as the Kentucky county clerk who was sent to jail after she refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, has been awarded a prize by a prominent Christian organisation.
Davis was compared to Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks by the organisation during the ceremony, held at the Values Voter Summit in Washington D.C.’s Omni Shoreham Hotel.
Tony Perkins who is the president of the Family Research Council, announced Davis as the 2015 winner of the “Cost of Discipleship Award” for her determined resistance to same-sex marriage.
The ceremony followed a week of speeches by conservatives including Republican candidates Donald Trump, Senator Ted Cruz (Republican-Texas) and Ben Carson.
Presenting Davis with her award, Perkins compared the Rowan County clerk to historical figures, “Men and women of integrity few in number but deep in character.”
“Whether it was Abraham Lincoln asserting the Constitutionally unsettled nature of the Dred Scott decision; Rosa Parks refusing to sit at the back of a public bus or Martin Luther King risking the … call of police dogs to end legal segregation,” Perkins said.
“Our nation has been ennobled and enriched by historic citizens who declare their unwillingness to accept rulings and statutes that conflict with the laws of nature and with nature’s God.”
Weeping and trembling Davis told the hundreds in attendance “I feel so very undeserving.”
“I want to start by thanking my lord and my savior Jesus Christ, because without him it would never be possible, for he is my strength that carries me,” Davis said.
“I am only one,” she shouted to be heard above the jubilant crowd. “But we are many.”
Davis, who was elected as a Democrat is now a Republican and says, she has supported the party her whole life but left last week because she believed Democrats did not support her faith.
Last Updated on Sep 28, 2015