Gov. Steve Beshear during a meeting of the Joint Committee session at the National Governors Association summer meeting on July 25, 2015.
Steve Helber—AP
September 30, 2015 2:36 PM EDT

Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear, urging a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed against him by Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, says her legal claims “demonstrate the absurdity” of her position.

In court documents filed late Tuesday, Beshear argued that because he never ordered county clerks to do anything in issuing marriage licenses, her lawsuit against him has no merit.

The courtroom developments continued to unfold, as she and her lawyers disclosed that Davis met briefly with Pope Francis last week during his U.S. visit. “He told me before he left to stay strong,” she said.

Davis refused to issue …

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