Kim Davis, the clerk in Kentucky that was arrested for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples has not been re-elected for a second term. On Tuesday, she lost the election for Clerk of Rowan County in Kentucky to Democrat Elwood Caudill Jr. Caudill won with 4,210 votes, or 54 percent, to Davis’ 3,566, or 46 percent.
In 2004, voters approved an amendment to the Kentucky State Constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Davis was elected in 2014 to Clerk of her county. Then in 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution guaranteed marriage for same-sex couples. This ruling overturned all state laws that originally banned it. Davis was found rejecting marriage licenses for same-sex couples a few days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling. She believed that her religious beliefs provided her the freedom to do so, and said she was acting under “Gods authority.” Davis was only in jail long enough for her staff to approve those previously rejected marriage licenses. Later, a federal judge ruled that Kentucky taxpayers had to pay those couples’ legal fees, which was around $225,000.