Voters on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, relieved Kim Davis’ of her position as clerk of Rowan County in northeastern Kentucky.
The incumbent Republican clerk lost to her Democratic rival Elwood Caudell Jr. who achieved 54% (4,210 votes) of the Rowan County vote for the position.
Defeat isn’t new to Davis who made headlines when she decided to stop issuing marriage licenses only days after the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruled in favor of marriage equality.
The Kentuckian civil servant claimed that she couldn’t obey the SCOTUS ruling that same-sex marriages were guaranteed by the United States Constitution because it went against her religious beliefs.
The fiasco made national news and Davis claimed she wasn’t treating anyone unfairly because she stopped issuing marriage licenses altogether rather than to just one particular group of individuals.
Her rationale wasn’t enough to keep her from going to jail after she refused a federal judge’s order for her to resume issuing licenses, which was brought about by a lawsuit from both straight and gay couples.
Eventually, Davis was released from jail a few days later when her staff began issuing licenses again with one significant change to the certificates, her name was removed. A federal judge later ordered the state’s taxpayers to pay the legal fees ($255,000) of the lawsuit’s petitioning couples.
Davis who was elected to the position as a Democrat but then said the party abandoned her went on to retain her $80,000 a year position while the state legislature enacted a law removing all county clerks name from their issued state marriage licenses.
Before the election took place, then-candidate Caudell Jr. ensured county members that he would treat everyone fairly if he was to be elected as the Rowan County Clerk. It looks as though the citizens of the county believed him as he is now the Rowan County Clerk-elect.