Gay man to run against Kentucky clerk who denied him marriage license


A gay man who was denied a marriage license by a Kentucky county clerk will run to unseat her in 2018.

Remember how Kim Davis became basically the worst person in America when she refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and went to jail for five days for breaking federal law?

Ermold, after being denied the marriage license for the second time said at the time: "This is how gay people are treated in this country, this is what it's like, this is their experience, this is how it feels".

David was face-to-face with Davis Wednesday when he filed docs for the position of Rowan County Clerk in Kentucky - the position Davis now holds. He said to the Washington Post, "My commitment to Rowan County is to restore professional leadership, fairness, and responsibility to the clerk's office".

He said to the Reuters: "We need someone who is going to stay focused on our community instead of focusing on the interests or agendas of outside organizations and politicians".

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After her case, Kentucky lawmakers removed all county clerks' names from the state marriage license form. "I don't think the other candidates are looking at a larger message".

Ermold told NBC News they expected some issues but never expected the reason cited for refusing to issue the marriage license from Davis to be, "God's authority". She has been in the clerk's office for almost three decades, most of that time working for her mother until she retired. Her son, Nathan Davis, also works in the clerk's office. But everyone should have a fair shot, it should not be something that's handed down from mother to daughter and from daughter to son.

Ermold and David Moore obtained a license and were Wednesday on September 26, 2015, Ermold said.

But Caudill, like many people in Morehead, doesn't want to talk about Davis and gay marriage.

In the two years since then, things have quieted down in this Appalachian town previously known for a college basketball team at Morehead State University that occasionally qualifies for the NCAA tournament.

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"You have to serve all the people, not just the ones you agree with", she said. He said he's aware that Davis could get a lot of outside help in the campaign, but hopes Rowan voters will recognize the importance of restoring integrity to the office.

Ermold's candidacy has already attracted some national attention.

"She does a good job and should be re-elected", he said.

However, he told HuffPo that he believed Rowan County residents were "ready to move on from" Davis.

Ermold said Davis' position within the religious right is bringing more politics to the job.

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