Gay Man Denied Marriage License May Run Against Davis

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A gay man who was refused a marriage license by Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis is considering challenging her in a 2018 election.

David Ermold would be the first person other than Davis to enter the race, according to Pink News.

"If Kim Davis was reelected in that position without an appropriate fight, I'd probably regret it for the rest of my life," Ermold said.

Davis began refusing to sign marriage licenses for gay couples in 2015, saying that doing so would go against her beliefs. Her decision came shortly after the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriages were legal across the country.

Five couples launched lawsuits against Davis.

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Davis was subsequently found in contempt of court and sent to prison for five days in September 2015. She was visited by Republican presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz.

The state of Kentucky changed marriage license regulations so that county clerks were no longer responsible for signing them.

Ermold is hopeful about the potential race, saying: "I think I could win."

"I really, truly think that she feels like she is right," he added. "I really don't think she cares at all about what civil rights are."

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It is not clear when Ermold will make a final decision. Pink News reported that he is considering how to raise money for the campaign. Filing for the election opened Nov. 8.

Matt Staver, an attorney who represented Davis during her legal proceedings, said Davis is not worried about the election.

"She loves her job and she loves the people," added Staver.

There had been speculation that Davis might target a higher public office position or a statewide role.

"She's not interested in any other office," added Staver, according to Reuters.

If Davis is successful, she will secure a second term in the job. She was originally elected as a Democrat, but switched to the Republican Party following the gay marriage license controversy. She has been fighting against gay marriage outside of her county -- and country -- as well, having traveled to Romania in October to meet with campaigners opposed to approving same-sex marriage in a referendum.

Lincoln Caudill, head of the Rowan County Democratic Party, avoided becoming involved in a debate over Davis.

"I know [Davis has] created a controversy in the county and the farthest I can stay from giving an opinion on it, that's what I plan to do," Caudill told The Associated Press.

Sources: Pink News, The Associated Press via Fox News, Reuters via Business Insider / Featured Image: Alvert Barnes/Flickr via Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Alex Hanson/Flickr via Wikimedia Commons, Dennis Bratland/Wikimedia Commons

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