Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Gay man running against Kentucky official who denied him a marriage license

Gay man running against Kentucky official who denied him a marriage license

David Ermold (pictured above left), a gay man who was denied a same-sex marriage license by infamous Rowan County clerk Kim Davis, has officially announced that he will run against Davis in the next election.

David Ermold speaks Wednesday with Rowan County clerk Kim Davis as he files to run for the position she now holds.

Davis made headlines in 2015 when she refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples following a Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriages.

In the two years since then, things have quieted down in this Appalachian town.

Ermold told NBC News they expected some issues but never expected the reason cited for refusing to issue the marriage license from Davis to be, "God's authority".

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

"I think we need to deal with the circumstances and the consequences of what happened", Ermold 43, an English professor at the University of Pikeville and the leader of the local gay rights organization Morehead Pride, told the Associated Press.

Ermold and his partner, David Moore, were filmed being turned away by Davis before a crowd of reporters.

Davis has become a darling of the religious right. She has been County Clerk since 2014, although she worked for her mother, who was also clerk, before being elected to the position.

Ermold filed his paperwork to run at the county clerk's office where Davis now works.

Going to Romania, he said, "she's just dragging our people through the mud over and over again", he said. He said he's aware that Davis could get a lot of outside help in the campaign, but hopes Rowan voters will recognize the importance of restoring integrity to the office. "I think there's the potential they want to keep it in the family".

Davis' new political party could be a problem in Rowan County.

Ermold has been a resident of Morehead, Rowan County, Kentucky, for the last 14 years.

Ermold said he was also discouraged by politicians who used the Rowan rift to further their candidacies in the presidential primary. He grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and came to Kentucky 19 years ago to be with his boyfriend, now husband, Moore. Ermold has two master's degrees from Morehead State University, and has worked at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College and Maysville Community College. He says he is more than qualified to run the office, which keeps track of the county's records including real estate transactions and auto registrations.

Ermold also said that his campaign will not only focus on the LGBT rights but will also give prominence to other issues.

"People. are back home bickering and fighting with each other and fighting on social media", he said.

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