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Gay Florida Man Stands Up to Antigay Clerk, Refuses Jury Duty

Gay Florida Man Stands Up to Antigay Clerk, Refuses Jury Duty


Chuck Chapman refused to take part in jury duty until his county begins issuing marriage licenses.

A gay man in Jacksonville, Fla., took a bold stance when he was plucked for jury duty -- he told the judge he wouldn't take part because the clerk of court won't perform marriages for same-sex couples, even though marriage equality is the law in Florida.

Chuck Chapman was responding to the actions of Duval County Clerk of Court Ronnie Fussell, whose staff has ceased hosting or performing any marriages because some were uncomfortable doing so for same-sex couples, although they do issue licenses in compliance with the law, The Florida Times Union of Jacksonville reports.

When Chapman was asked by a judge at jury duty whether he had any prejudices or biases that would prevent him from serving, he said, "I just don't feel comfortable in the courthouse. If the clerk of the court doesn't feel comfortable performing same-sex marriages, as an openly gay man, I don't know how I can feel comfortable in court."

The judge could have held Chapman in contempt of court, but luckily he walked out of court without charges and without jury duty. Watch an interview with Chapman below:

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