LOUISVILLE — Kim Davis, the county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite the Supreme Court ruling, is actually running for reelection in 2018.
The Louisville Courier-Journal reported that Davis’ attorney confirmed that she will be seeking a second term. It’s the first chance for the county’s voters to have their say in the controversy. She’s also switched parties to run as a Republican.
From the Courier-Journal:
Davis stopped issuing marriage licenses following a U.S. Supreme Court decision that effectively legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. Five couples sued her, and a judge ordered her to issue the licenses. Davis refused and spent five days in jail. The state legislature later changed the law so county clerks did not have to sign their name on marriage licenses.
Since the controversy, Davis has kept busy by continuing to campaign against LGBTQ rights, most recently in Romania. She spent nine days in Cotober touring Romania with the anti-LGBTQ legal group Liberty Counsel, which represented her in the legal battles in Kentucky.
Some of the reactions were generally… less than friendly. ” Well. She does owe a lot of money,” said Jon Krongaard, referencing the fact that Kentucky was being forced to pay for the legal costs from her refusal to issue the licenses.
“If your job is to serve the public and you refuse to do that but sill accept a paycheck, you are not doing your job and should not be elected, if you are then you should be recalled or impeached,” said Wayne Pannabecker on Facebook. “There is no place for discrimination in the law when civil rights are at stake.”