Kim Davis, the former county clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky once refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because it went against her religious beliefs. She ran for reelection for this year and lost to her Democratic opponent, Elwood Caudill Jr. by 700 votes, according to Kentucky.com.
Kim Davis became famous (or infamous) in 2015 by not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples and served five days in jail because of it. After she was released, she was celebrated as a conservative hero at the Value Voters Summit. The Value Voters Summit is hosted by the Family Research Council, a notoriously anti-LGBTQ group that I've written about before but I won't in this post.
Following her newfound fame, she wrote a book titles Under God’s Authority: The Kim Davis Story in which she writes about how she had bad experiences with "fist-pounding homosexual men and the hate mail that flooded her office." How unnecessarily dramatic…
Caudill's campaign, surprisingly, did not focus much on Davis but instead focused mostly on his opponent, David Ermold, who is a gay man who was denied a marriage license by Kim in 2015. Despite not raising as much money as Ermold, Caudill won the election by over 1,000 votes. After losing the election, Ermold accused Caudill of being a homophobe. Caudill, however, did not respond to the accusations of homophobia but instead said that he would treat everyone equally in regards to marriage licenses.
It's nice to see Democrats winning a traditionally Republican state and I hope that this pattern continues. We will have to wait and see.