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Clerk who withheld same-sex licenses freed

07 December 2017

Among those who were denied a license was Ermold and his partner of more than 15 years, David Moore.

The homosexual man who Kim Davis twice denied a marriage license is going to challenge Davis for her Kentucky county clerk seat.

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.

After she was released, she still refused to sign the marriage licenses, leading the Kentucky state legislature to change the law so clerks don't have to sign their names onto the licenses.

Mason is still issuing same-sex marriage licenses, he said Wednesday.

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

On his campaign website, Ermold vowed to bring leadership, fairness, and responsibility to the role of county clerk. "I will build upon the successes of the past, and I will seek solutions for the challenges we may still face". The others are James L. Jessee, Elwood Caudill and Nashia Fife, according to the Kentucky Office of the Secretary of State. David Ermold and his now-husband, David Moore, eventually filed a lawsuit against Davis "Individually and in her Official Capacity as Rowan County Clerk". "He has no idea how to run a clerk's office".

"The county clerk's office has been in the hands of the same family for nearly 35 years", Ermold told the Herald-Leader. "I think politicians need to answer some questions". But everyone should have a fair shot, it should not be something that's handed down from mother to daughter and from daughter to son.

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Emron and Moore married in October 2015. Ermold, 43, is an English professor at the University of Pikeville and director of Morehead Pride. Since 2015, he's helped organize several gay pride events in Morehead. For example, two months ago she traveled to Romania to urge that country to outlaw gay marriage. He wants Davis' job. She later said she was acting "under God's authority". He wants to tell people who have been discriminated against, as he has, that there is room to succeed.

Jackie Matthews is one of those people.

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

He said he couldn't watch Davis continue to hold public office after what she's done to LGBT people-but he realizes how contentious the election is likely to be. "I'm sure [the election] will probably have more attention because of who she is, but you know she doesn't have any major concerns about it".

He was also optimistic about his chances and said he believed he could win.

And he said his campaign won't focus exclusively on the LGBT rights.

"Diversity, inclusion - none of these things are exclusively one party issues", he said. While Republican Donald Trump overwhelmingly won the county during the 2016 presidential election, almost all of the local elected officials are Democrats and always have been. But Morehead resident Bill Roberts said he's one of many true blue supporters of Davis and her stance on gay marriage.

Clerk who withheld same-sex licenses freed