Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky clerk who garnered international attention after being jailed in 2015 for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, is planning on seeking re-election in 2018.
According to Reuters, Davis has also faced pressure to run for a higher position from right wing conservatives who consider her an icon for her act of defiance.
“She’s not interested in any other office,” said Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel, who currently represents Davis. Staver also served as Davis' lawyer during the legal battles that resulted in her imprisonment after four couples sued her for refusing to comply with the Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which guaranteed same-sex couples the fundamental right to marry. Davis claimed she acted "under God's authority." Davis went on to switch her official party alignment from Democrat to Republican. The suits against Davis, however, became moot after clerks moved to have the names of those issuing marriage licenses taken off official documentation.
Many on the left noticed the hypocrisy of Davis' stance, considering she had been divorced three times and had children out of wedlock.
Davis has since become an internationally touring figurehead in the battle against gay marriage. Last month she traveled to Romania in support of efforts to create a referendum against the expansion of marriage rights to include LGBTQ individuals.
Davis will be allowed to file for re-election as of today. She has previously served as a deputy under her mother, Jean Bailey, who served as the county clerk for almost 40 years.
[Photo: Carter County Detention Center]