Some good news in the early results of the 2018 midterm! Kim Davis, who gained national fame from her anti-gay marriage campaign, has lost her re-election bid! Davis lost to Democrat Elwood Caudill Jr. in a fairly close race.
For those of you who don’t remember, Davis refused to grant same-sex marriage licenses even though it was her job to do so as a county clerk. She was briefly jailed and then was used by anti-gay Republican politicians to galvanize the issue. Davis even tried to spread her anti-gay marriage agenda in Romania last year. So she clearly has embraced her position of trying to fight against same-sex marriage.
Despite all of that attention, she still lost (but again, it was a fairly close race). Americans have largely embraced same-sex marriage. Recent polls have found that about 67% of Americans support same-sex marriage. So while there are certainly pockets of our country that are holding on to these antiquated ideas, the majority of the United States is moving forward.
The anti-gay marriage issue has no reasoning beyond how some Christians choose to interpret their Bibles. It’s just awful to force that on to Americans who simply want to be treated like everyone else. Davis losing in her district is certainly another win for those who care about equal rights.
I’ll write up a post about the election night overall, but it does seem pretty positive so far for the Democrats. It looks like Democrats will take back the House, but the Senate will still belong to the Republicans. If the Democrats get the House, I hope there can be more checks and balances regarding the current administration. No, it may not have been a giant Blue Wave, but it certainly was a step in the right direction for progress.