Vatican: Pope's encounter with Davis not a form of support

October 2, 2015 10:18 AM

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Vatican: Pope's encounter with Davis not a form of support

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, file photo, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis listens to a customer following her office's refusal to issue marriage licenses at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky. Davis, who spent five days in jail for defying a series of federal court orders, filed a lawsuit against Gov. Steve Beshear, alleging he violated her religious freedom by asking clerks to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision, which effectively legalized gay marriage across the nation. Beshear reiterated a request Tuesday, Sept. 29, that a judge toss the suit.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican on Friday distanced Pope Francis from Kim Davis, the focal point in the gay marriage debate in the U.S., saying she was one of dozens of people the pope greeted in the U.S. and that their encounter "should not be considered a form of support of her position."

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