MOREHEAD, Ky. — David Ermold, who was denied a marriage license two years ago by County Clerk Kim Davis, filed to run for Davis’s job on Wednesday.
Ermold was half of a gay couple that was denied a marriage license by Davis after the marriage equality decision. Davis, who is running for re-election, became a celebrity in conservative circles for her refusal to issue the license and stuck the commonwealth of Kentucky with the legal bill.
The Associated Press reported that three other people have filed to run against Davis. However, Ermold is the only one who is bringing up gay rights.
“I think we need to deal with the circumstances and the consequences of what happened,” Ermold told the AP. “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.”
In a bit of irony, Ermold filed with Davis to be come a candidate. The clerk is responsible for all records in the county, including real estate and business licenses.
“The clerk’s position is more than a single issue position and that’s all David has is one issue,” Davis’ attorney Mat Staver told the AP. “He has no idea how to run a clerk’s office. Much of what the clerk does has nothing to do with wedding licenses. It’s a broad service to the public.”
Ermold said his campaign won’t focus only on LGBTQ issues. He also wants to take on the “divide and conquer” style of politics common today.