Clerk Who Turned Away Gay Couples Loses in Kentucky

Kim Davis defeated by Democratic challenger
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2018 10:37 PM CST

(Newser) – Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk briefly jailed in 2015 for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, is out of the license-issuing game. The Republican lost her re-election bid in Rowan County to Democratic challenger Elwood Caudill Jr. by around 54% to 46%, the Hill reports. Davis—who still opposes gay marriage, but no longer refuses to issue licenses—beat Caudill by just 23 votes when she ran as a Democrat in 2014. This time around, Caudill defeated David Ermold, one of the men Davis refused to issue a marriage license to, in the Democratic primary. Ermold later accused Caudill of being an anti-gay bigot, saying he would prefer Davis to win, the Louisville Courier Journal reports. (Read more Kim Davis stories.)

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