Man denied gay ‘marriage’ license by Kim Davis seeks to unseat her in election
MOORHEAD, Kentucky, December 7, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – One of the homosexual men denied a marriage license by Rowan County, Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis is hoping to unseat her in the next election, saying he has an obligation “to set things right.”
David Ermold filed papers to run for county clerk Wednesday, MSN.com reported, sitting across from Davis with his partner as he did so.
Davis announced last month she would run for re-election – facing voters for the first time since refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2015.
Davis was jailed in September that year for her refusal to give marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
“To issue a marriage license which conflicts with God’s definition of marriage, with my name affixed to the certificate, would violate my conscience,” she said at the time. “It is not a light issue for me. It is a Heaven or Hell decision. For me it is a decision of obedience. I have no animosity toward anyone and harbor no ill will.”
Debate swirled around her and the decision for months, with litigation over the matter stretching into 2016. The controversy even involved the Vatican and Pope Francis in conflicting accounts of how a meeting between Davis and the pope came about.
Davis now does not object to issuing “marriage” licenses to same-sex couples because the Kentucky legislature changed the law so the license does not include her name.
Davis, who has worked in the clerk’s office for roughly 30 years, was elected County Clerk in 2014 as a Democrat. She has since changed her party affiliation to Republican, feeling Democrats betrayed her as she took a stance based upon conscience.
Ermold is one of four people now planning to challenge Davis.
One of the other three is Elwood Caudill, Jr., who lost to Davis by 23 votes in the 2014 Democratic primary. Caudill doesn't want to talk about Davis and the gay “marriage” issue, according to MSN.com, but Ermold does.
“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.”
Ermold did say he doesn’t plan to make the campaign just about LGBT issues, and that he was tired of “divide and conquer” politics.
His bid is already getting some national attention. Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt tweeted to Ermold Wednesday asking, “Anything I can do to help?”
As Ermold filed to run for office in Davis’ office accompanied by his partner, she smiled and welcomed the couple, talking with them about the state retirement system and the forthcoming Christmas holiday, the report said.
Davis saw to it that Ermold had all of his paperwork and signatures filed, quietly humming the hymn “Jesus Paid It All” as she did so.
At the end, she stood up and shook hands with Ermold, and told him, “May the best candidate win.”