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
In this Sept. 1, 2015 photo, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, right, talks with David Moore following her office's refusal to issue marriage licenses at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky.   (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)
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(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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