The Kentucky Clerk Who Refused to Issue Marriage Licenses to Gay Couples Loses to a Democrat

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Kim Davis

Kim Davis, the woman who famously refused to give a gay couple a marriage license in 2015, just lost her re-election bid as county clerk in a rural Kentucky town to Democrat Elwood Caudill Jr. According to the Lexington Herald Leader, Davis lost by about 700 votes on Tuesday.

Davis spent five days in jail after denying two men a marriage license, despite it being in her job description to do so. She gained national attention when supporters, such as former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, praised her decision in the name of religious freedom even though she was a public employee.

But the LGBT community and their allies fought back. One of the men who was denied a license from Davis, David Ermold, ran in the primary race to unseat Davis. His effort gained national attention and over $200,000 in donations, but ultimately he lost the primary to Caudill Jr., who went on to defeat Davis Tuesday night.

“I believe that as a community we must continue to work together toward a more prosperous and cohesive Rowan County,” Caudill Jr. told the Herald Leader. “Tonight was awesome.”

Meanwhile, LGBT candidates made major strides Tuesday night. Jared Polis was elected to Colorado’s gubernatorial seat, making him the first openly gay man to serve as governor in United States history. Sharice Davids won her bid for a Congressional seat in Kansas, clinching her spot as the second ever openly lesbian woman in Congress and one of the first-ever Native American women in Congress. New Hamprise elected its first-ever LGBT member of Congress with Chris Pappas.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown kept her seat in the governor’s house last night. Brown was the first openly bisexual woman to serve as governor in U.S. history. Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin also kept her seat. She was the first ever openly gay or lesbian person to be elected to the Senate.

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