Nadine Smith

Hundreds Call for Removal of Anti-Gay Crusader Appointed to Equal Rights Board

Filed By Nadine Smith | March 06, 2011 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Equality Florida

Last week, Equality Florida launched a campaign to replace anti-gay crusader Terry Kemple who was recently appointed to the Hillsborough County Human Relations Board, a board charged with protecting equal rights.

replace_terry2.jpgOver 800 fair-minded Tampa Bay residents responded and have called on the County Commissioners to replace Kemple from the board.

Just a few days ago, a longtime member of the Human Relations Board, Patrick DeMarco, resigned in protest and encouraged Equality Florida to keep up the pressure.

In his resignation, DeMarco said :

The reason for my resignation is that I cannot, in good conscience, participate on the same Board which now includes another member who has dedicated himself to public campaigns of bigotry and discrimination against gay and lesbian citizens of this community.[...] It is unacceptable and unconscionable to allow someone who has openly advocated and worked for laws and policies that promote prejudice against a significant portion of our population.

Contact the Hillsborough Commissioners now and tell them Terry Kemple has to go. His presence on the Human Relations Board creates an insurmountable obstacle because the last thing Kemple believes in is - "equality among all people."

How outrageous is this appointment?

  • Kemple has consistently opposed equal protection under the law for gay people and has advocated against the freedoms of those who don't share his particular religious views.
  • For years, he worked to block anti-bullying and non-discrimination protections in local schools. He tried to block students from forming Gay Straight Alliances.
  • More recently, Kemple led a failed 2009 boycott against Pepsico because the company provides equal benefits for gay employees. In his unsuccessful 2010 run for the Hillsborough County School Board, Kemple required donors to check a box declaring they do not support equal rights for gay people.

TAKE ACTION: Click here to send an urgent email to the Hillsborough County Commissioners and demand they replace Terry Kemple's appointment to the Human Relations Board.

Commissioners Kevin Beckner and Les Miller opposed Kemple's appointment, while Commissioners Al Higginbotham, Ken Hagan, Mark Sharpe, Sandy Murman and Victor Crist supported his selection.


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i would like to show my support but the online email form defaults to the usa only. how crap is that.

My question is how did he get on in the first place?

Is it just me or does he look like Richard Schiff, who played Toby Zigler in "The West Wing"

Don't you all get it? Gay issues are just another special interest and have nothing to do with human rights. And what about his human right to be homophobic?

Game, set, and match.

How did he get nominated with a record like that!?