Friday, 23 February, 2018

Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Meets Opponent

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Melinda Barton | 07 December, 2017, 19:21

Well now the most lovely thing has happened - one of the men she denied the right to marry his partner of 15 years is now running for Kentucky County Clerk against Davis!

David Ermold and his now-husband, David Moore, were among the same-sex couples denied a license by Davis in defiance of a Supreme Court decision. My commitment to Rowan County is to restore professional leadership, fairness, and responsibility to the clerk's office.

Davis denied his marriage license in 2015.

David Ermold speaks Wednesday with Rowan County clerk Kim Davis as he files to run for the position she now holds.

Ermold filed his paperwork to run at the county clerk's office where Davis now works. She later said she was acting "under God's authority". A Kentucky law was then changed so her name would not have to appear on the marriage licenses.

Davis, who has been married to opposite sex partners four times, has already said she will run for re-election. She has been in the clerk's office for almost three decades, most of that time working for her mother until she retired.

Now, he's confident he can defeat Davis in the race despite her having a number of organizations supporting her. Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz, both former 2016 Republican presidential candidates, also previously supported Davis when she was in jail. "I don't think the other candidates are looking at a larger message".

Gay man denied marriage license by Kim Davis will run against her

However, Ermold and Moore obtained a license on September 26, 2015, Reuters reported. 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.

Davis has become a darling of the religious right.

"It'll be a good one, I'm sure", Davis told reporters about the election.

"We need to restore the integrity of that office", Ermold said in a phone interview with Reuters after his campaign announcement on Facebook.

Ermold has been a resident of Morehead, Rowan County, Kentucky, for the last 14 years.

Davis' new political party could be a problem in Rowan County.

"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", Ermold said. Ermold has two master's degrees from Morehead State University, and has worked at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College and Maysville Community College. He said he is exhausted of the "divide and conquer" style of politics that has come to dominate most elections, where candidates purposefully take stances to energize some voters while angering everyone else.