Anti-gay marriage Ky. clerk Kim Davis files for reelection

Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was briefly jailed for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses, has filed for reelection, The Associated Press reported Monday.

Davis filed for reelection last week to her position as Rowan County clerk. She announced in November that she planned to run again, and a Kentucky resident she denied a marriage license has announced plans to run against her.

Citing her personal religious beliefs, Davis refused to give marriage licenses to same-sex couples following the 2015 Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.

Five couples sued her, and a judge ordered her to issue the licenses. Davis spent five days in jail after she still refused.


In response to her continued refusal, the Kentucky state legislature changed the law so clerks did not have to sign their names on the documents.

Davis made national headlines for her actions, garnering the praise of then-GOP presidential candidates Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, and Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas). She later met Pope Francis at the White House, and was invited to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE's first joint address to Congress in 2017.

She visited Romania last year to campaign for an anti-gay marriage law. 

David Ermold, who was denied a marriage license by Davis, has announced he will run against her for the clerkship.

Ermold, 43, teaches English at the University of Pikeville and directs a local gay rights organization.