A gay man who was twice denied a marriage license by Kim Davis has decided to run against her for county clerk. David Ermold, who teaches English at the University of Pikeville, announced he plans to run against Davis for the position of Rowan County Clerk in Kentucky.
Reporters with The Associated Press joined Ermold and his husband as he filled out the paperwork to run for office. Davis sat across from him:
Davis smiled and welcomed them, chatting with them about the state retirement system and the upcoming Christmas holiday. She made sure Ermold had all of his paperwork and signatures to file for office, softly humming the old hymn ‘Jesus Paid It All’ as her fingers clacked across a keyboard.
“When it was over, she stood and shook hands with Ermold, telling him: ‘May the best candidate win.’ “
Davis, the county clerk for Rowan County, Kentucky, who garnered international attention in 2015 after she defied a federal court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples following the Supreme Court’s decision to effectively legalize same-sex marriage. She later served five days in jail, only to be heralded as a hero by conservatives who viewed her imprisonment as an attack on religious freedom.
The video below shows Davis denying Ermold a marriage license.
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