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Karma might be coming for Kim Davis.

Davis is the Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples after the Supreme Court legalized their right to marry in 2015. She continued this refusal even when ordered by a federal judge to issue the licenses and was briefly jailed for contempt of court.

Now, David Ermold, one half of the couple she initially refused a license, is running to take her job when she comes up for re-election in 2018. From 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.

Davis had refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses on the grounds that doing so violated her religious beliefs. That would mean something if she was not a public-facing government employee, which means she serves the entire public whether one of its policies fits her religious beliefs or not.

The county clerk has so far actually gotten off somewhat easy on this issue. She was hailed as a martyr among gay marriage opponents on the religious right. An associate clerk agreed to step in and issue gay marriage licenses so that she would not have to. And the Kentucky legislature eventually passed into law an “alternative marriage license” for gay couples while also repealing the requirement that a marriage license has a county clerk's name on it.

Davis will likely still be a martyr on this issue for the religious right no matter what. She may as well be an unemployed one.

Please note: This is a commentary piece. The views and opinions expressed within it are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of IJR.

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