Man Announces Run Against County Clerk Who Denied His Same-Sex Marriage License

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The homosexual man who Kim Davis twice denied a marriage license is going to challenge Davis for her Kentucky county clerk seat.

David Ermold, who teaches English at the University of Pikeville, said Wednesday that he is throwing his name in for Rowan County Clerk in Kentucky, a position Davis currently holds.

Davis went against the 2015 Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage in all 50 states. The county clerk refused to allow gay couples to obtain a marriage license and spent a total of five days in jail for her decision.

Ermold was one of the people Davis denied a marriage license.

“This is how gay people are treated in this country, this is what it’s like, this is their experience, this is how it feels,” Ermold said in 2015.

The man is now married to his partner, David Moore, and announced his candidacy Wednesday.

“I think we need to deal with the circumstances and the consequences of what happened,” Ermold said. “I don’t think the other candidates are looking at a larger message. I have an obligation here, really, to do this and to set things right.”

“My commitment to Rowan County is to restore professional leadership, fairness and responsibility to the clerk’s office,” Emrold said.

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