Oh Lord, Kim Davis Is Running For Reelection

The Kentucky clerk will go before voters for the first time since her marriage-equality controversy in 2015.

Kim Davis is back! The infamous Kentucky clerk who refused to give marriage licenses to gay couples after Obergefell v. Hodges has announced her intention to seek reelection in Rowan County.

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Davis spent five days in jail in 2015 after refusing to follow a judge’s order to issue the licenses. As a result of a lawsuit filed by five gay couples, Kentucky was forced to pay nearly $225,000 in court fees. But Davis was vindicated, in part, when the Kentucky legislature amended the law so clerks did not have to sign their names on licenses.

She also became a prop during the presidential election season, with Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz both jockeying to be photographed with her. (Davis also met Pope Francis at the White House and was invited to Donald Trump’s first joint address to Congress.)

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In October, Davis was in Romania campaigning for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage there, even though its not currently legal anyway. The trip was sponsored by the anti-LGBT Liberty Counsel, which represented Davis in court.

Davis ran as a Democrat in 2014, but switched parties shortly after the marriage-license incident. Next year’s election will be the first time she’s had to run since the controversy.

Well, at the very least this will give us more gold from @SitNextToKimDavis

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.