Gay man denied marriage license hopes to unseat Kentucky county clerk

Elias Hubbard
December 7, 2017

Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk in Kentucky, arrives before US President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union Address during a Joint Session of Congress at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 12, 2016.

Ermold and his partner, David Moore, were filmed being turned away by Davis before a crowd of reporters.

A man who was denied a same-sex marriage license by county clerk Kim Davis in Kentucky announced Wednesday he will run against her next year. Five couples sued her, and a judge ordered her to issue the licenses, but she refused and spent five days in jail, only to be greeted afterwards like a hero by the right wing, including then-presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee.

The ACLU of Kentucky filed suit against Davis, asking that she be fined for "contempt of court for failing to comply with this Court's August 12, 2015, preliminary injunction ruling".

Ermold said even before the 2015 controversy, he was interested in serving in political office. He wants to "restore professional leadership, fairness and responsibility to the clerk's office". "I will build upon the successes of the past, and I will seek solutions for the challenges we may still face". Three other Democrats are seeking the nomination, while Davis, a former Democrat, is running for reelection as a Republican.

Less than a month after she was released from jail, Davis, who won election to the office in 2014 as a Democrat, switched her affiliation to the Republican Party.

He said he couldn't watch Davis continue to hold public office after what she's done to LGBT people-but he realizes how contentious the election is likely to be.

Ermold filed his paperwork to run at the county clerk's office where Davis now works.

Ermold said he would bring more professionalism to the clerk's office, which includes not hiring family and friends, and do a better job helping to register voters and facilitate voting.

Davis's attorney, Mat Staver, attacked Ermold as a novice who would have "no idea how to run a clerk's office". "I think there's the potential they want to keep it in the family". 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.

Ermold and Moore were married in October 2015 in the county. 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.

The faculty and staff page for the Humanities department at Pikeville University lists Ermold as an assistant professor of English and developmental studies. Earlier this year, she reportedly traveled to Romania to lobby the country to outlaw same-sex marriage. 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. She later said she was acting "under God's authority".

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