Gay man denied marriage license hopes to unseat county clerk

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David Ermold, one of the men denied a same-sex marriage license by Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis in 2015, hopes to challenge her for the clerk's seat next year, he announced Wednesday. He said Davis does a good job as clerk, but said he was troubled by her decision not to issue the marriage licenses. Davis, the chief clerk of Rowan County, cited "God's authority" and said her stance was motivated by her beliefs as an Apostolic Christian.

Davis doesn't object to issuing marriage licenses now that the state Legislature has changed the law so her name is not on the license.

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.

"The county clerk's office has been in the hands of the same family for nearly 35 years", Ermold said. Davis has said that she will run for reelection for the office she has held since 2014, the newspaper reported. The issue was solved when one of her deputies, Brian Mason, agreed to issue licenses, and in 2016 the Kentucky General Assembly established an alternate license. "I think there's' the potential they want to keep it in the family".

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Davis's mother was the previous clerk, and Davis's son works in the clerk's office, as well.

Staver's organization represented Davis in the resulting lawsuit filed by four couples against her.

Ermold and Moore were married in October 2015 in the county. 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.

But Caudill, like many people in Morehead, doesn't want to talk about Davis and gay marriage. She moved to Kentucky two years ago, then specifically moved to Rowan County so she could marry her wife there last year.

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"I'm not being disrespectful to you", she told the pair. 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. Davis said she felt betrayed by her party and switched her registration to Republican.

David Ermold is running against Kim Davis to be the county clerk in Rowan, Ky.

"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. 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.

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