Jordan: I wasn't making a 'statement' by inviting Kim Davis

Jordan on Kim Davis invite: I wasn't making a statement
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  • The Ohio Republican explains why he invited Kim Davis to SOTU
  • Davis, who opposes same-sex marriage, said she came to President Obama's address to encourage Christians

Washington (CNN)Congressman Jim Jordan said Wednesday he didn't invite Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis to the State of the Union speech to make a statement.

"We weren't trying to make a statement," he told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day." "Everyone knows what my positions are. Marriage should be what it's always been. I've never changed on that and I never will."
The Ohio Republican said he invited the Kentucky county clerk known for her opposition to same-sex marriage to President Barack Obama's final address only after the Family Research Council contacted his office to ask if it had any available tickets.
    "Our office was approached by the Family Research Council. We were asked to provide tickets for Ms. Davis," he said. "They asked and we had a ticket available, so we did that."
    Jordan added, "Last night was not about that, last night was about the failed policies of this president."
    Davis told a reporter on Tuesday that she attended the address to provide "encouragement" to "all Christians."
    Briefly jailed last September after she refused on religious grounds to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Davis, a born-again Christian, told AFP's Ivan Couronne her message was aimed at Christians "who want to stay and make a difference."