Gay Man Who Was Denied Marriage License From Kim Davis Runs Against Her

Some believe in the idea of karma and some do not. However, one Kentucky man seems to be getting his revenge on a clerk who denied him and his partner of the same sex a certificate to wed due to her religious beliefs. The case made headlines when county clerk Kim Davis denied the couple their marriage license. Now, David Ermold, 43, is running against Davis for the clerk’s seat to “restore professional leadership, fairness, and responsibility to the clerk’s office,” according to The Hill.

 

Ermold told reporters: “I am running to restore the confidence of the people in our clerk’s office and because I believe that the leaders of our community should act with integrity and fairness, and they should put the needs of their constituents first. I will build upon the successes of the past, and I will seek solutions for the challenges we may still face.”

 

Back in 2015, Davis was arrested after she refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples following the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, despite a federal judge’s order to her to do so. What’s more, Davis announced last month that she plans to run for reelection next year.

 

Ermold married his partner of nearly 20 years in a different county after Davis, who was elected as a Democrat, refused to issue the couple a marriage license, citing her personal beliefs against same-sex marriage. Davis switched parties to become a Republican following the controversy. She traveled to Romania earlier this year to campaign for a proposed change to the country’s constitutional definition of marriage that would exclude same-sex couples.

 

Ermold teaches English at the University of Pikeville and directs a local gay rights organization. Do you think he will unseat his incumbent?