Kim Davis Switches Political Parties, Now A Republican--Receives Support from Pope Francis

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Kim Davis is no longer a Democrat. The Kentucky county clerk who refuses to issue marriage licensea for gay and/or lesbian couples has switched political parties and is now a Republican.

"She has come to the conclusion that the Democratic Party has left her," her lawyer, Mat Staver, said Saturday in a statement. "She has decided to switch her voter registration. However, the issue of religious freedom in this case is not a partisan issue. It is neither Republican nor Democrat. It is an inalienable right and what makes America the land of liberty."

Staver added that Kim Davis "has been a lifelong Democrat but has received no support from the Democratic Party or leaders."

Kim Davis's political party switch was revealed on Friday when she was asked by a Reuters reporter if she had ever thought of switching parties.

"I've already done that," she answered.

Davis added that members of her family had become Republicans, too.

"They're all changed," she said. "My husband and I had talked about it for quite a while."

On Friday night, Kim Davis was honored at the 10th annual Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. The event--a gathering of social conservatives--was sponsored by the Family Research Council, the same group Josh Duggar worked for before resigning due to his sexual molestation scandal.

Kim Davis received the "Cost of Discipleship" award. She addressed the group, saying, "I want to start by thanking my Lord and my Savior Jesus Christ, because without him none of this would have ever been possible. For he is my strength that carries me and it is his mercies that follow me every day. And it is his love that endures all things."

Kim Davis received support from Pope Francis during his visit to the United States in recent days. He says refusing to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples is her right.

Kim Davis was ordered to jail earlier in September for her refusal to issue marriage licenses bearing her name to same sex couples.

How do you suppose most Republicans feel, knowing they now have Kim Davis on board?

What are your feelings about Pope Francis's support for the Kentucky county clerk?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.