Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who rose to infamy in 2015 when she denied marriage licenses to gay couples, announced this week that she is seeking reelection in Rowan County. But in an unexpected twist, one of the men she refused to give a license to is now considering running against her in the 2018 election.
David Ermold was one of several gay men whom Davis prevented from obtaining a marriage license following the Supreme Court’s historic vote in favor of marriage equality, ultimately landing the county clerk in jail for five days in 2015 for refusing to follow a judge’s order to issue the licenses.
So far, no Democrat has announced a bid to run against the anti-gay Republican, but Ermold says he may have to do whatever it takes to stop her from returning to her position of power.
“If Kim Davis was reelected in that position without an appropriate fight, I’d probably regret it for the rest of my life,” Ermold told WKU Public Radio.
Ermold and his husband, David Moore, were at the center of the storm when Davis made headlines in 2015, appearing in this video in which the couple confronted her for her bigoted decision.
Ermold says he thinks he could win against Davis, especially after her defiance two years ago cost the state $220,000 in legal fees, but is concerned about raising the funds to run against her.
“I don’t think that she has learned anything from the experience at all,” he told the Greenfield Recorder. “I really, truly think that she feels like she is right. I really don’t think she cares at all about what civil rights are.”