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Florida gay man fights jury duty in protest over court’s refusal to allow same-sex weddings

Florida gay man fights jury duty in protest over court’s refusal to allow same-sex weddings

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Florida man is taking a stand against a recent decision to end end all courthouse weddings in Duval County rather than allow same-sex weddings.

Chuck Chapman
Chuck Chapman

Chuck Chapman, who is openly gay, is scheduled to appear for jury duty on Tuesday, and says he plans to tell the judge he won’t serve because he feels uncomfortable in the courthouse, reports First Coast News.

He says when his name and number is called Tuesday, he will tell the judge the reasons he won’t be able to serve as a juror.

In January, Duval County Clerk of Courts Ronnie Fussell stopped performing courthouse ceremonies because he and other members of his staff said they don’t feel comfortable officiating same-sex weddings.

Chapman says the personal beliefs of Fussell and his staffers have no business in the courthouse.

“My point is, if they feel uncomfortable marrying same-sex couples, then I feel uncomfortable going in the courthouse,” says Chapman.

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