A gay man in Kentucky who was denied a marriage license two times by Rowan County clerk Kim Davis is running against her in 2018.

David Ermold, an assistant professor of English at the University of Pikesville, said he’s running for Rowan County Clerk to “restore professional leadership, fairness, and responsibility to the clerk’s office.”

Davis made national headlines in 2015 after she defied the Supreme Court's ruling and refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, citing her religious beliefs. She was jailed for five days for refusing to following a federal judge’s order to issue the licenses.

Ermold ended up marrying his partner of 20 years in a different county. A deputy of Davis' issues same-sex marriage licenses in Rowan County.

Davis said last month that she plans to run for re-election. She traveled to Romania in October to support a campaign against gay marriage there.