Boynton Beach Mayor Jerry Taylor Votes Against Civil Rights Ordinance Over New Times Article, LGBT Advocate Says
On Monday night, the City of Boynton Beach enacted an LGBT-inclusive civil rights ordinance that establishes that the city opposes discrimination based on, among other things, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, pregnancy, familial status, or age. Also included are sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. The ordinance, which had originally been proposed by LGBT-rights advocates Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, passed with a 4-1 vote, with Mayor Jerry Taylor voting against.
And, according to PBCHRC President Rand Hoch, Taylor singled out Hoch as his reason for voting against the ordinance.
"Taylor specifically said that the reason he voted against it was because of derogatory comments in an email which PBCHRC sent out," Hoch tells New Times.
The so-called "derogatory comments" in question were from an email blast sent out by the PBCHRC that linked to this February 18 article about the Boynton Beach ordinance. The article mentions that, in 2014, Taylor gave his reason for voting against benefits to employees with domestic partners or same-sex spouses by referring to his religious beliefs and by saying that the Merriam-Webster dictionary's definition of marriage was between a man and a woman.More »