A gay man who was denied a marriage license in Kentucky two years ago by a county clerk who refused to issue licenses for same-sex marriages will run to unseat her next year, he said on Wednesday.
You may recall that on July 7, 2015, almost two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing marriage equality nationwide, Ermold and his fiancé David Moore (a man he had been in a relationship with for around two decades) went to the county clerk's office in Rowan County, Kentucky to get a marriage license and - lo and behold - Davis, the thrice-divorced Christian clerk behind the counter refused to give them a license.
"My commitment to Rowan County is to restore professional leadership, fairness and responsibility to the clerk's office", Emrold said. "I will build upon the successes of the past, and I will seek solutions for the challenges we may still face".
According to a report in Chicago Tribune, Ermold believes that he is competent and highly qualified to run the office that keeps county's records of real estate transactions and vehicle registrations. Davis said she would refuse to allow any of her employees to issue the licenses, as well, though the standoff was eventually resolved when one of her deputies, Brian Mason, began to do so anyway. Her son, Nathan Davis, also works in the clerk's office.
David Ermold, who teaches English at the University of Pikeville, said Wednesday that he is throwing his name in for Rowan County Clerk in Kentucky, a position Davis now holds.
However, Ermold and Moore obtained a license on September 26, 2015, Reuters reported. He has two master's degrees, one in English and the other in communications, and teaches English at the University of Pikeville. "I think there's' the potential they want to keep it in the family".
He is also the leader of the local gay rights organization Morehead Pride. She moved to Kentucky two years ago, then specifically moved to Rowan County so she could marry her wife there last year.
Davis has become a darling of the religious right.
Davis helped him file his candidacy paperwork. She later said she was acting "under God's authority". After announcing his candidacy campaign on Facebook, Ermold said: "We need to restore the integrity of that office".
Ermold and his partner, David Moore, were filmed being turned away by Davis before a crowd of reporters.
Ermold also said that his campaign will not only focus on the LGBT rights but will also give prominence to other issues.
"People. are back home bickering and fighting with each other and fighting on social media", he said. "We've always treated people how we expect to be treated, and that's not the way it was".