Gay man denied marriage license running against county clerk


David Ermold, one of the gay men (with David Moore, above) denied a marriage license by Kim Davis in Rowan County, Kentucky, announced on Wednesday that he's officially challenging her for her job.

You may recall that on July 7, 2015, almost two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing marriage equality nationwide, Ermold and his fiancé David Moore (a man he had been in a relationship with for around two decades) went to the county clerk's office in Rowan County, Kentucky to get a marriage license and - lo and behold - Davis, the thrice-divorced Christian clerk behind the counter refused to give them a license.

But some of those candidates, like many people in Morehead, don't want to talk about Davis and gay marriage.

After a federal judge ordered her to issue same-sex marriage licenses, she refused.

"We need to not just symbolize, we need to send a message out to all these people saying it's okay", Ermold said. "I think politicians need to answer some questions". Her defiance drew battlelines across the nation as people took sides on whether or not an elected official could decline to perform acts required of her office due to personal reasons. "I have an obligation here, really, to do this and to set things right".

On Wednesday, Ermold announced his intention to run against Davis on the platform of fairness and integrity, he said in a statement.

Davis announced she was running for reelection last month. She stopped issuing marriage licenses, which is the clerk's main job, after same-sex marriage was legalized.

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Davis intends to seek re-election as a Republican in 2018.

After her case, Kentucky lawmakers removed all county clerks' names from the state marriage license form. "I think I do a good job".

Visit Ermold's candidate page HERE and his Facebook page HERE.

Ermold grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and came to Kentucky 19 years ago to be with his boyfriend, now husband, David Moore. He has earned two masters' degrees - one in communications and the other in English from the Morehead State University. He says he is more than qualified to run the office, which keeps track of the county's records including real estate transactions and vehicle registrations.

According to a report in the Associated Press, Ermold said: "People. are back home bickering and fighting with each other and fighting on social media".

"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.