Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, lost her bid for reelection in US mid-term elections on Tuesday.
Democrat Elwood Caudill Jr. beat Republican Davis 4,210 votes to 3,566 votes for the position of Rowan County clerk, according to local media.
Davis made headlines around the world in August 2015 when she was briefly jailed for refusing to issue a marriage license to a gay couple in Kentucky. Davis claimed to be acting on ‘God’s authority’.
This was after the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage across the US. She recently stood by her anti-gay position.
Five same-sex couples sued her. A judge, therefore, ordered her to issue the licenses but she refused to comply.
In September 2015, a judge sentenced her to jail. But, she was released after five days. Importantly, as she holds an elected official position, she could not be fired and returned to work.
In 2014, Kentucky elected Davis as a Democratic nominee.
However, she claimed the Democratic party ‘abandoned’ her in the wake of her stance on same-sex marriage. She, therefore, switched to the Republican party.
WinningDemocrat Caudill said: ‘I believe that as a community we must continue to work together toward a more prosperous and cohesive Rowan County’, according to local reporter Will Wright.
The LGBTI community took to the internet to celebrate Davis’ defeat.