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PoliticsKim Davis loses re-election bid for Kentucky county clerk

04:20  07 november  2018
04:20  07 november  2018 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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Kim Davis loses re-election bid for Kentucky county clerk© Timothy D. Easley Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk jailed for five days in 2015 for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses, is touring Romania in support of a campaign to block legal recognition of such unions there. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who received international attention for denying gay couples marriage licenses, lost her re-election bid Tuesday, according to local reports.

Davis, a Republican, was about 700 votes behind her Democratic opponent Elwood Caudill Jr. in her bid for a second term as Rowan County clerk.

In the Democratic primary, Caudill Jr. beat David Ermold, the man whom Davis had refused to grant a same-sex marriage license, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported. Caudill Jr., Rowan County's chief deputy property valuation administrator, had unsuccessfully challenged Davis in 2014 in the Republican primary. Davis switched party allegiances in 2015.

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A Kim Davis re - election may be underway! The Kentucky county clerk jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples will run in 2018. But it remains to be seen whether a Kim Davis re - election bid will be successful, especially since many of county ’s governmental posts are

(AP) -- A gay man in eastern Kentucky has lost his bid to challenge a Republican county clerk who went to jail three He hoped to challenge Kim Davis , the religious conservative who said Caudill will face Davis in the November general election . No one challenged Davis for the Republican nomination.

“I want Rowan County and Morehead to get back to where it was and treat everyone equally and treat everyone with respect,” Caudill Jr. said Tuesday during an interview with NBC-affiliate LEX 18.

Davis was jailed for five days in 2015 for contempt when she failed to comply with a federal court order following the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. That decision made it legal for same-sex couples to marry in every state. After Davis declined to issue same-sex marriage licenses, citing "God's law" as her reason, the fact that she had been married four times to three different men had surfaced.

Davis remained on as county clerk, but marriage licenses were issued without her signature. She also traveled to Romania in 2017 to support a campaign in that country to block the legal recognition of gay marriage. In 2018, she wrote a book about her time in incarceration and experience in the limelight.

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