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One of the men who was denied a marriage license by Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis will run against her in 2018.

David Ermold, an assistant English professor at the University of Pikeville, announced his plan Wednesday to run for Rowan county clerk in the Democratic primary—and then headed to Davis’s office to file his paperwork, WKYT reported.

“I want to do it the right way,” Ermold said. “Sometimes passion gets the better of you, and that’s OK. Sometimes you have to fight for your rights, and you have to be an activist. But sometimes you have to be a professional as well and step in when you know you are needed.”

His partner of 15 years, David Moore, will act as the campaign treasurer.

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Davis went to jail for five days in 2015 for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Davis cited religious opposition, telling Ermold and Moore that she would not be issuing them a license “under God’s authority.”

A Supreme Court ruling legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in June of that year.

Davis, who was elected county clerk as a Democrat in 2014, announced her plans to run for re-election as a Republican in November.


Kris Seavers

Kris Seavers

Kris Seavers is the Evening Editor for the Daily Dot, where she covers breaking news, politics, and LGBTQ issues. Her work has appeared in Central Texas publications, including Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine, and on NPR.