In 2015, a county clerk from Kentucky named Kim Davis made headlines for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples — even after gay marriage had been made the law of the land — all because her Christian faith compels her to believe that being gay is a sin. Three years later, her position as Rowan County clerk is being taken over by a Democrat.
According to the Lexington Herald Leader, Davis, who is a Republican, lost to her Democratic challenger Elwood Caudill Jr. by about 700 votes.
In July of 2o15, David V. Moore and his partner of 17 years David Ermold went to the Rowan County Clerk’s Office in Morehead, Kentucky on Monday seeking a marriage license, only to be ignored while others cut ahead of them. The incident was captured on video and went viral, and Davis went on to refuse marriage licenses to other couples as well. She ultimately went to jail for 5 days and came out a hero to America’s anti-gay religious right, with evangelical figures such as Mike Huckabee championing her cause.
— Matthew Rand (@MatthewWKYT) November 7, 2018
To those on the left, she became a symbol of anti-gay religious bigotry.
The Kentucky State Legislature later changed the law, allowing clerks to forgo signing their names on approved marriages licenses.
Caudill became the Democratic nominee after he defeated David Ermold, a gay man who was denied a marriage license by Davis back in 2015.
According to the Herald Leader, Ermold refused to throw his support behind Caudill because he viewed him as a homophobe — a charge Caudill denied, saying that he plans to treat everyone seeking a marriage license equally.
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