Man denied marriage license runs against Kentucky county clerk

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis accepted paperwork from David Ermold, of Morehead, Kentucky, one of the litigants in a civil rights case who is now a Democratic candidate running against her in 2018.

David Ermold, of Morehead, Kentucky, is a Democratic candidate running against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who drew worldwide attention when she refused to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Ermold and his partner were one of the four couples who sued Davis after being denied a marriage license by Davis.

Davis spent five days in jail in September 2015 after refusing a court order to issue marriage licenses following the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage.

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.

Kentucky lawmakers removed all county clerks’ names from the state marriage license form.

Ermold and David Moore obtained a license and were wed on Sept. 26, 2015, Ermold said. The couple had a wedding ceremony the following month.

“We need someone who is going to stay focused on our community instead of focusing on the interests or agendas of outside organizations and politicians,” Ermold said.

Anyone interested in helping can mail contributions to the Campaign Fund of David Ermold, P.O. Box 369, Morehead, KY 40351 or visit the candidate’s website at

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