Anti-gay Marriage Country Clerk Kim Davis Loses Reelection in Kentucky

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The Kentucky official who sparked an international uproar for her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples has lost her bid for re-election as Rowan County clerk.

Kim Davis, a Republican, was defeated by Democratic challenger Elwood Caudill, 54 percent to 46 percent, to serve a four-year term, according to the Associated Press.

Davis spent five days in jail for ignoring court orders to issue licenses to same-sex couples following the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling allowing gay marriage. She said she was acting “under God’s authority.” Davis was freed only when a judge ordered her deputies to issue the licenses without her approval.

Davis has said she no longer objects to issuing the licenses because Kentucky dropped a requirement that the licenses bear the clerk’s signature. But she has maintained her opposition to same-sex marriage, visiting the Eastern European nation of Romania last October to urge it to amend its constitution to prohibit it, the Courier Journal previously reported.

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