A homosexual Man Who Kim Davis Once Denied A Marriage License Is Now Running Against Her
A Kentucky man who was repeatedly refused a marriage license by county receptionist Kim Davis after the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2015 announced Wednesday he is running to unseat her.
“It’s official. I’m in!” wrote David Ermold on his campaign Facebook page in declaring his intention to challenge Davis for her position of Rowan County receptionist in the May 2018 election.
Ermold and his partner, David Moore, were filmed being turned absent by Davis before a crowd of reporters. The video quickly went viral on social media.
“I’m not being disrespectful to you,” she told the pair.
“You absolutely possess disrespected us,” Ermold replied.
“Would you finish this to an interracial couple?” Moore asked.
“A man and a woman?” Davis asked. “No.”
The couple made a total of four unsuccessful attempts to obtain a license.
Ermold, an associate professor of English at the University of Pikeville, told CNN in 2015 that being turned absent by Davis was emblematic of the larger LGBT struggle.
“This is how homosexual people are treated in this country. This is what it’s like. This is their experience. This is how it feels,” Ermold said.
Davis was later jailed for several days for her refusal to follow the law, but was eventually released. A Kentucky law was then changed so her name would not possess to seem on the marriage licenses.
Moore and Ermold later sued Davis for damages (their case is still pending). The pair were eventually issued a license by one of Davis’s deputies and were married.
Ermold told NBC News he was not motivated by revenge and had always been interested in politics.
“I was very disappointed in the presidential election, and I believe there needs to be more integrity,” he said. “I believe politicians need to acknowledge some questions.”
However, he told HuffPost that he believed Rowan County residents were “ready to breeze on from” Davis.
He was also optimistic approximately his chances and said he believed he could win.
On his campaign website, Ermold vowed to bring leadership, fairness, and responsibility to the role of county receptionist.
“As county receptionist, I will gain certain that total citizens seeking out services will be treated with dignity and respect, and I will gain every effort to deliver an efficient, professional experience to everyone,” he wrote.
Davis did not immediately respond to a request for comment.