Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis first rose to national prominence in 2015 when she refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples after the Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional, effectively legalizing it nationwide. Davis’ claim of “religious freedom” galvanized conservatives country-wide.
When multiple court rulings stated that when government employees must enforce the law as it stands and therefore arguments about “religious freedom” doesn’t apply, she still refused to follow their orders and was briefly jailed. Davis provided a model for other conservatives to use religious freedom as an excuse to deny service to LGBTQ people.
Davis was originally elected as a Democrat a few months prior to the incident that would make her famous. However, once she became a conservative darling, she switched parties. This year, she was up for reelection in Rowan County. She ran as a Republican and was challenged by Democrat Elwood Caudill, Jr.
It turns out that even in Kentucky, blatant discrimination doesn’t go over too well.
— Will Wright (@HLWright) November 7, 2018
While Caudill didn’t make Davis’ brush with controversy a centerpiece of his campaign, he did run on “creating a more welcoming environment in the Clerk’s office.”
People were thrilled with the result.
— it’s me ????☀️ (@kiarasam06) November 7, 2018
I am so happy to hear this!
— plaisanter ???? #voteblue (@plaisanters) November 7, 2018
People wished her farewell.
Bless her heart…………..
Kimmie, don't let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya….
just GTFO…. pic.twitter.com/TfLiuisDgk
— Whore_ta_Culture (@whoretaculture) November 7, 2018
— Laura Wright (@LCW9217) November 7, 2018
— Check voting status: vote.org; Nov 6 VOTE! (@2017_itstime) November 7, 2018
Some were upset that the margin wasn’t even larger.
Glad she’s out. Sad that there were more than 3500 ppl who didn’t have an issue with her bigotry.
— Violet Brewster????????❤️????️???? (@MomladyViolet) November 7, 2018
The results are closer than is excusable, but at least her homophobic ass is out.
— Lotus Prince (@LotusPrince) November 7, 2018
But most were feeling pretty thrilled.
— kc???? ????Midterms are just the Beginning!???? (@potomus2) November 7, 2018