A gay man whose attempt to obtain a same-sex marriage license was turned down by Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who gained widespread attention for her stance, is now running to unseat her —and tells PEOPLE he is committed to “bringing people together.”
David Ermold, 43, of Morehead, Kentucky, wants to take over the job from Davis, the controversial Rowan County clerk who in 2015 spent five nights in jail rather than grant licenses to same-same couples, a right that had been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in a groundbreaking ruling earlier that year.
Davis, who has been married four times and had two children out of wedlock, is an Apostolic Christian who cited religious reasons as her rationale for refusing to issue the documents.
Ermold says he first considered running for Davis’s office after his own battle with her, but decided to formally take the plunge after she recently traveled to Romania to campaign against same-sex marriage there.
“She should be over here taking care of us but instead she’s over there working for them,” Ermold tells PEOPLE. “I don’t think anything she’s doing is good for the office.”
Ermold wants to “restore leadership to that position” but …read more