In a twist of events, the Kentucky man who was denied a gay marriage license by county clerk Kim Davis announced that he will be running against her in 2018.
David Ermold is an English professor at the University of Pikeville and also leads a local gay rights organization. He believes he is the right candidate to fill the clerk position in order to “restore professional leadership, fairness, and responsibility to the clerk’s office,” the Lexington Herald Leader reports.
The 43-year-old continued, “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.”
Ermold said, “I will build upon the successes of the past, and I will seek solutions for the challenges we may still face.”
Davis was briefly jailed in 2015 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.
She 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.
Does he stand a chance? Who knows. If his sole purpose of running against Davis is to enact some kind of revenge then he is running for all the wrong reasons. Personally, I would like to see Davis keep her position.
Davis processed Ermold’s paperwork at the clerk’s office on Wednesday, where she shook hands with him and said “may the best candidate win,” according to The Associated Press.
“The county clerk’s office has been in the hands of the same family for almost 35 years,” Ermold added, “I think there’s the potential they want to keep it in the family. 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.”
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