Tia Mitchell of the Florida Times Union reports that Jacksonville City Councilman Clay Yarborough asked a Jacksonville Human Rights Commission nominee about his views on same-sex marriage and his tenure on the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida’s board.
Yarborough also asked the man and another nominee to disclose whether they support prayer in public buildings, the use of the phrase “In God We Trust” on government seals and “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. The questions came before the council’s Rules Committee meeting Monday when members were to considered whether to recommend Mayor John Peyton’s commission nominees to the full council for approval.
He said that if gay marriage became a topic before the Human Rights Commission, he would want to know whether any potential member supported changing state law to legalize gay unions.
“It would concern me if someone of that belief was on that board if they could address that issue,” he said. Harthill could not be reached by phone Tuesday afternoon. Full story here.