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Gay man who was denied marriage license by Kim Davis is running for her job
David Ermold will return to the Rowan County courthouse Wednesday, nearly two years after Clerk Kim Davis refused to give him a marriage license because he was gay—
Only this time, he does not want a license. He wants Davis’ job.
David Ermold and his now-husband, David Moore, were among the same-sex couples denied a license by Davis in defiance of a Supreme Court decision. Davis, the chief clerk of Rowan County, cited “God’s authority” and said her stance was motivated by her beliefs as an Apostolic Christian.
On Wednesday, Ermold filed in Morehead, the county seat, to run for the position — to “restore the confidence of the people” in the office.
“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. “I don’t think the other candidates are looking at a larger message. I have an obligation here, really, to do this and to set things right.”
“My commitment to Rowan County is to restore professional leadership, fairness and responsibility to the clerk’s office,” Ermold said.