David Ermold, an English professor at Pikeville University, said he may challenge Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis next year. Ermold was one of the people denied a marriage license by Davis in 2015.
Davis announced she will seek re-election as County Clerk in 2018, according to Associated Press. One reason Ermold believes he will win is the $220,000 on judgments against Davis as a result of her refusing to do her job. That money will be paid by county taxpayers.
Davis won her race to be County Clerk as a Democrat in this Democratic-leaning Kentucky county. After the Obergefell marriage equality decision, she refused to issue marriage licenses and was jailed for five days for contempt of court until a compromise was reached. After that, she removed her name from marriage licenses issued by the county and had someone else in her office issue them to same-sex couples. She also switched parties.
Davis has been involved in a number of publicity stunts since her days in court for refusing to do her job. She managed to be among a group greeting the Pope. That incident led to the resignation of the Vatican’s U.S. envoy who arranged the meeting.
The AP story suggested if there’s a tough legal battle, a number of high-profile anti-marriage speakers may come to campaign for her including the president.
— David Taffet