She was defeated by Democratic challenger Elwood Caudill Jr. Davis was elected Rowan County Clerk in The following year, the Supreme Court decided Obergefell v. Hodges , and all county clerks in Kentucky were ordered to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Citing personal religious objections to same-sex marriage, Davis began denying marriage licenses to all couples to avoid issuing them to same-sex couples.
Marriage equality: Republicans struggle with shifting views
Republicans in knots over gay marriage ahead of supreme court decision | Republicans | The Guardian
Several top Republicans have shifted their tone and position on issues like gay marriage and benefits for same-sex couples, which the GOP's social conservative base has staunchly opposed for years. But it remains unclear whether Republican officials who have changed their mind on gay rights will be able to bring the party's base with them. On Friday, Sen. Rob Portman Ohio became perhaps the highest-profile Republican elected official to come out in support of gay marriage while in office.
Graham: GOP Should Take Gay Marriage Constitutional Amendment Out of Platform
Democrats are using their convention this week to tout their agenda for the next four years, including their promise to stand up for the lesbian and gay community. For years, Democratic Party leaders have taken for granted the lesbian and gay community — along with other minority communities — thinking they had no where else to turn. Those days are over.
Rob Portman said Thursday that he now supports gay marriage — a surprise turnabout on a hot-button social issue, sparked by a deeply personal reflection that began two years ago after Portman's son, Will, told him that he is gay. Portman's endorsement of gay marriage makes him the only sitting Republican senator to hold that position. But it comes at a time when public attitudes are shifting quickly on the issue, and more and more states are sanctioning gay marriage.