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Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis loses re-election bid

Kim Davis, Rowan County Clerk of Courts. Photo: Ty Wright/Getty Images
Kim Davis, Rowan County Clerk of Courts. Photo: Ty Wright/Getty Images

Kim Davis, a county clerk in Kentucky who gained national attention for denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2015, lost her re-election bid on Tuesday to Democratic challenger Elwood Caudill Jr.

The big picture: The Rowan County clerk's refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses, citing her religious beliefs, had prompted the Kentucky state legislature to amend the law so clerks did not have to sign their names on marriage licenses. Davis rose to prominence among conservatives for her decision, which prompted a national debate about the rights of same-sex couples.

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