Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk Kim Davis told ABC’s "Good Morning America" on Sept. 22 that she has gay friends (video below).
“I have friends who are gay and lesbians," Davis said. "They know where I stand. And we don’t agree on this issue and we’re OK because we respect each other.”
Davis has refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples based on her Christian beliefs.
ABC News journalist Paula Faris asked Davis if she would refuse her gay friends marriage licenses, and Davis said she already had, notes Mediaite.
The Daily Beast asked the Liberty Counsel, a Christian law firm that represents Davis, if it could identify one of her gay friends, but spokeswoman Charla Bansley told the news site: "It’s her life. I don’t even know who they are.”
When pressed, Bansley added: "I don’t think she would lie. Someone who goes to jail for her conscience wouldn’t lie about that.”
Davis’ first husband, Dwain Wallace, told The Daily Beast that Davis did not have any gay friends when they were married, but he couldn't speak for the present.
Brian Mason, the Rowan County deputy clerk who has granted marriage licenses to same-sex couples, said he did not know if Davis knew any lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people because he doesn’t “keep up with her personal life.”
Carmen Wampler-Collins, of Moreland, Kentucky, claimed that her niece, who is a lesbian, is friends with the Davis family, but didn't identify the niece by name.
The LGBT advocacy group Kentucky Equality Federation wrote on its Facebook page on Sept. 22: "Does Kim Davis have gay friends whom she has denied marriage licenses as she claimed to ABC’s Good Morning America? Are you one of her gay 'best friends' that she claims to have? If you are, the media would like to speak to you to verify this claim because Kentucky Equality Federation simply doesn't believe anything that comes out of this woman's mouth. If you can verify her claim, please email us here on our Official Facebook Page and we will pass the reporters information to you."