A gay man who was denied a marriage license by Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis announced that he will run against her in 2018.
David Ermold, 43, announced on Wednesday that he will run for Rowan County clerk in 2018, challenging current county clerk Kim Davis, who twice denied him a marriage license because he wanted to marry another man.
Ermold made his announcement via Twitter:
It’s official. I’m in! I am proud to announce my entrance into the race for Rowan County Clerk! I am running to restore the people’s confidence in our clerk’s office. Please visit my campaign website at http://www.davidermold.com where you can learn how to support our mission.
It’s official. I’m in! I am proud to announce my entrance into the race for Rowan County Clerk! I am running to restore the people’s confidence in our clerk’s office. Please visit my campaign website at https://t.co/Vm2myvRgIV where you can learn how to support our mission.
— David Ermold (@DErmold) December 6, 2017
CNN reports on the controversial backstory of Kim Davis:
Davis made headlines in 2015 when she defied a US Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage and refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. She spent five days in jail for refusing to abide by the court’s ruling.
Indeed, the Kentucky county clerk and Christian extremist refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses because of her “sincerely held religious beliefs.” Rather than issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after the U.S. Supreme Court made marriage equality the law of the land, Davis refused, and eventually went to jail, making her a Christian martyr, and the darling of right-wing Christian conservatives.
Ermold told the Lexington Herald Leader that he wants to “restore professional leadership, fairness, and responsibility to the clerk’s office,” saying:
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.
While Ermold is clearly the superior candidate, the election will be tough. Raw Story reports Rowan County, population 24,000, voted for Donald Trump by a 58-37 margin in last year’s election.
Currently Ermold is an assistant English professor at the University of Pikeville. On his campaign website Ermold declares:
I am running to restore the people’s confidence in our clerk’s office and because I believe that the leaders of our community should put the needs of their constituents first, and they should always be an example of integrity and fairness.
Let’s hope Ermold defeats the anti-gay Christian extremist in 2018.