November 6, 2018 at 8:44 pm EST | by Chris Johnson
Kim Davis loses re-election bid
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Kim Davis lost her bid for re-election in Kentucky. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Kentucky clerk who became notorious for refusing to grant marriage licenses to same-sex marriage has lost her bid for re-election as Rowan County Clerk, according to multiple media reports.

According to the Associated Press, Elwood Caudill, the Democratic challenger who sought to unseat Davis, claimed 54.1 percent of the vote compared to the 45.9 percent won by Davis. The Associated Press declared Caudill the winner about an hour after polls closed in Kentucky at 7 pm.

Davis’ refusal to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples was a nationwide sideshow. After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality, Davis shut down operations at her Rowan County office entirely with respect to marriage licenses.

Six couples who were denied licenses sued her. Despite court rulings against her, Davis refused to issue marriage licenses, was found in contempt of court and was sentenced to five days in jail.

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