David Ermold, one of the gay men (with David Moore, above) denied a marriage license by Kim Davis in Rowan County, Kentucky, announced on Wednesday that he's officially challenging her for her job.
You may recall that on July 7, 2015, almost two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing marriage equality nationwide, Ermold and his fiancé David Moore (a man he had been in a relationship with for around two decades) went to the county clerk's office in Rowan County, Kentucky to get a marriage license and - lo and behold - Davis, the thrice-divorced Christian clerk behind the counter refused to give them a license.
Davis was later jailed for several days for her refusal to follow the law, but was eventually released.
One of her deputies, Brian Mason, agreed to issue licenses. Davis denied his marriage license in 2015. I'm in! I am proud to announce my entrance into the race for Rowan County Clerk! "I will build upon the successes of the past, and I will seek solutions for the challenges we may still face". The others are James L. Jessee, Elwood Caudill and Nashia Fife, according to the Kentucky Office of the Secretary of State. She has held the clerkship since 2014, and her mother held it before that. Davis also refused to allow other clerks to issue the licenses, because her name was still on them. Ermold said he believes that, too, is a problem.
Ermold has lived in Rowan County for 14 years.
"I think we need to deal with the circumstances and the consequences of what happened", Ermold said. 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.
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I came out here to get the job. "I feel like one of my strengths is the person I am, regardless of what's going on around me". Home run or not, the fact that he played here, for me personally, was a factor, because I think it's important.
Ermold and Moore finally obtained a license and were married in November 2015.
His campaign website says that he has been teaching at the University of Pikeville ever since graduating from Morehead State University with two Master' degrees.
Davis was a champion for anti-LGBT rights. Earlier this year, she reportedly traveled to Romania to lobby the country to outlaw same-sex marriage.
Ermold said Davis' position within the religious right is bringing more politics to the job. Asked if she thought she deserved to be re-elected, Davis said: "That will be up to the people". He wants to tell people who have been discriminated against, as he has, that there is room to succeed.
Davis' new political party could be a problem in Rowan County. She said in an email on Wednesday that she helped Ermold with his candidacy paperwork. He said he's aware that Davis could get a lot of outside help in the campaign, but hopes Rowan voters will recognize the importance of restoring integrity to the office. "These are issues that are important to all of us". Only two counties in Kentucky - those encompassing its two biggest cities, Louisville and Lexington - voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016.