Francis has been pretty clear when it comes to Church teaching on social issues. Little was left to the imagination and those on the left with any knowledge of Pope Francis knew that. Francis, wisely, made the decision to focus on those issues which were not being discussed as widely (poverty, climate, treatment of elderly, war, et cetera) and that was what gave him his immense popularity.
"Earlier this year, in the Philippines, he said that efforts to redefine marriage were a form of “ideological colonisation” resulting from confusing presentations of sexuality and marriage, which threaten to “disfigure God’s plan for Creation” - I’d say he was pretty clear.
Meeting with Kim Davis is different. Kim Davis made a scene for no reason, she should’ve stepped down. She had the luxury to avoid contradicting her faith. Her entire argument is one giant slippery slope. If she can reject marriage license that she views as immoral, why can’t others (I.E divorce). She is not a hero nor a martyr. She is a selfish women who knew she’d get attention and wanted to keep her 80k salary. If she really wanted to make sacrifices for her faith she would’ve left her nice, cozy, job and the benefits it came with. Meeting with her accomplished nothing, but it did do a nice job of completely overshadowing the message the Pope came here with.