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

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

David Ermold, who was twice denied a license to marry his male partner David Moore by a county clerk in 2015, is all set to run against her in the elections to be held in May 2018.

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? My commitment to Rowan County is to restore professional leadership, fairness, and responsibility to the clerk's office.

On Wednesday, David Ermold was joined by his now-husband David Moore as he sat across from Davis in her office to file the official paperwork announcing his candidacy.

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

After her case, Kentucky lawmakers removed all county clerks' names from the state marriage license form. But last month, Davis announced she would run for re-election and face voters for the first time since refusing to issue the licenses. She has been County Clerk since 2014, although she worked for her mother, who was also clerk, before being elected to the position. "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. At least three other Democrats have lined up to challenge Davis, who changed her registration from Democrat to Republican after the uproar over her decision.

However, Ermold and Moore obtained a license on September 26, 2015, Reuters reported. He has earned two masters' degrees - one in communications and the other in English from the Morehead State University. Since 2015, he's helped organize several gay pride events in Morehead.

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

In the two years since then, things have quieted down in this Appalachian town.

"You have to serve all the people, not just the ones you agree with", she said.

Ermold also said that his campaign will not only focus on the LGBT rights but will also give prominence to other issues. While Republican Donald Trump overwhelmingly won the county during the 2016 presidential election, almost all of the local elected officials are Democrats and always have been. 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 does a good job and should be re-elected", he said.

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