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Beckner relents on Kemple appointment to Hillsborough diversity committee



Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner is relenting on including social conservative Terry Kemple, who is running for a school board seat, on a proposed citizen diversity committee.

Beckner, who is openly gay, had proposed the committee to study ways to make Hillsborough County more inclusive to all people. Fearing it would be a tool for advancing gay rights, Kemple, who opposes that, applied for an appointment.

To block his appointment, formation of the committee was tabled by Commissioner Les Miller. Beckner is hoping take it off the table and put the group to work.

“My mind is open to his appointment if that means we can get the group started,” he said.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 5:01pm]


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