Josh Duggar's Former Conservative Lobbying Group Gives Kim Davis 'Cost of Discipleship' Award
By Antoinette Bueno
Although conservative Christian lobbying group The Family Research Council lost its former executive director, Josh Duggar, when he resigned in May after reports resurfaced that he molested five young girls when he was a teenager, that hasn't stopped the organization from getting behind yet another controversial figure -- Kim Davis.
The FRC is honoring the Kentucky clerk -- who became famous after she refused to issue same-sex couples marriage licenses and spent five days in jail for contempt of court -- with its "Cost of Discipleship" award at the Values Voter Summit taking place on Sept. 25 in Washington. D.C.
"We are pleased to announce that Kim Davis will be honored at this year's Values Voter Summit," FRC President Tony Perkins said in a statement. "After meeting with her last week, I can tell you that Kim Davis wasn't looking for this fight, but she is not running from it either."
Davis -- who herself has been divorced three times -- actually returned to work on Monday after her jail stint. Though she still refused to issue any marriage licenses that go against her religious beliefs, she also didn't interfere with her deputies, who had begun issuing licenses to same-sex couples according to the court order.
"We are grieved by Josh’s conduct and the devastating impact of his pornography addiction and marital unfaithfulness. Our hearts hurt for his family, and all those affected by Josh's actions," the organization said in a statement.
Duggar served as Executive Director of FRC Action, a non-profit political action and lobbying organization sponsored by the Family Research Council, from June 2013 to May 2015. FRC Action advocates for socially conservative legislation, including opposing LGBT non-discrimination laws, abortion and divorce.
Kristen Stewart recently shared her thoughts on Davis, who the 25-year-old Equals star said she actually feels "really bad" for. "Anyone who's so closed off to things that are so apparent? Imagine what else she's missing out on in life," she told The Daily Beast. "I'm not making any grand statements about her personally, but if something so glaringly obvious, such as this subject… It's like, 'Oh, buddy, that must suck.' That fear of the unknown cripples people, breeds hate, and it's just very sad."