A Kentucky man who was denied a same-sex marriage license by county clerk Kim Davis announced Wednesday that he will run to unseat her in 2018 in order to “restore professional leadership, fairness, and responsibility to the clerk’s office,” according to the Lexington Herald Leader.
“I am running to restore the confidence of the people in our clerk’s office and because I believe that the leaders of our community should act with integrity and fairness, and they should put the needs of their constituents first,” said the 43-year-old candidate who teaches English at the University of Pikeville and directs a local gay rights organization. “I will build upon the successes of the past, and I will seek solutions for the challenges we may still face.”
Davis was briefly jailed in 2015 after she refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples following the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide because she said it violated her personal beliefs against same-sex marriage.
Five couples sued her Rowan County clerk Kim Davis after she refused to issue them licenses. A judge ordered her to issue the licenses.
Davis, who has been divorced three times, was sentenced to five days in jail after she still refused the judge’s order.
The ensuing legal battles resulted in nearly $225,000 in court fees which the state was forced to pay.
Then-GOP presidential candidates Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, and Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) publicly courted Davis during the controversy.
Davis met Pope Francis at the White House and was invited to President Trump’s first joint address to Congress early this year, reports The Hill.
Davis announced last month that she plans to run for reelection next year.