Gay man to run against Kentucky clerk who denied him marriage license

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David Ermold (pictured above left), a gay man who was denied a same-sex marriage license by infamous Rowan County clerk Kim Davis, has officially announced that he will run against Davis in the next election.

David was face-to-face with Davis Wednesday when he filed docs for the position of Rowan County Clerk in Kentucky - the position Davis now holds.

Remember how Kim Davis became basically the worst person in America when she refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and went to jail for five days for breaking federal law?

In the two years since then, things have quieted down in this Appalachian town. Last month, Davis announced she would run for re-election and face voters for the first time since refusing to issue marriage licenses.

Staver's organization represented Davis in the resulting lawsuit filed by four couples against her.

Ermold's candidacy has already attracted some national attention. Davis has said that she will run for reelection for the office she has held since 2014, the newspaper reported.

But Caudill, like many people in Morehead, doesn't want to talk about Davis and gay marriage.

"The county clerk's office has been in the hands of the same family for nearly 35 years", he told the newspaper. The case was resolved when her deputy started issuing licenses and the state of Kentucky later created an alternate license that no longer required a county clerk's signature.

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"We need to restore the integrity of that office", Ermold said in a phone interview with Reuters after his campaign announcement on Facebook. Rowan is a conservative county in a conservative state: About 58 percent of its residents voted for Donald Trump in the presidential election.

Like many gay couples, after watching history take place in June 2015, when the Supreme Court handed down its landmark decision, Ermold and his partner David Moore headed to the local courthouse for a marriage license.

"She does a good job and should be re-elected", he said.

David Ermold is running against Kim Davis to be the county clerk in Rowan, Ky.

Ermould grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and came to Kentucky 19 years ago to be with his boyfriend, now husband, David Moore. He says he is more than qualified to run the office, which keeps track of the county's records including real estate transactions and vehicle registrations.

Ermold said Davis' position within the religious right is bringing more politics to the job.

According to a report in the Associated Press, Ermold said: "People. are back home bickering and fighting with each other and fighting on social media". "We've always treated people how we expect to be treated, and that's not the way it was".