RELIGION

The Pope Met With Kim Davis And People Are Pissed

While some people on Twitter took it as a win for "religious liberty," the majority let out a collective "ugh"

Sep 30, 2015 at 2:33 PM ET

Update: The Vatican said on October 2 that Pope Francis’ meeting with Kim Davis does not imply that he backs her position on same sex marriage. “The pope did not enter into the details of the situation of Mrs. Davis, and his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular and complex aspects,” reads the statement.

The afterglow of Pope Francis’ historic U.S. visit wore off on Wednesday when the Vatican confirmed that the pontiff held a secret meeting with gay marriage opponent Kim Davis—and people aren’t happy.

The news was met with skepticism on Tuesday when Davis’ lawyer revealed that the Kentucky county clerk was invited to the Vatican Embassy in Washington D.C. last Thursday for a chat with the Pope. But when the Vatican confirmed the news early Wednesday, social media lit up with a mix of disgust and bemused resignation.

There were more than 18,500 tweets on the subject matter within two hours of the Vatican’s confirmation. A quarter of them were supportive, using keywords and hashtags such as “religious liberty” and #IStandWithKimDavis, but the majority included words like “bigotry” and “homophobe.” Even the Big Guy got in on the action with a tweet that ended up amassing the highest number of retweets and favorites:

For her part, Davis—who is still refusing to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples—was thrilled about the visit. She says that during the meeting, which was requested by the Vatican, the pair hugged and shook hands, and the Pope expressed support for her actions.

“Just knowing the pope is on track with what we’re doing, and agreeing, you know, kind of validates everything,” she said.