By Keith Russell Mon, Mar 7, 2016 http://jacksonville.com/opinion/letters-readers/2016-03-07/story/lead-letter-unf-poll-how-jacksonville-treats-its-lgbt
A recent, defect-ridden University of North Florida study claims that LGBT people don’t consider Jacksonville to be a welcoming city.
But that’s at odds with a 2015 Gallup survey that found that LGBT people prefer Jacksonville to other Florida cities, and more than cities with special LGBT rights.
LGBT demographer Gary Gates confirms: “There’s little or no evidence that same-sex couples consider LGBT laws in deciding where to move.”
Not surprisingly, the online poll — created by UNF and activists to revive a dying case for the additions to the Human Rights Ordinance — discovered “discrimination.”
Most “discrimination,” however, was found to be verbal affronts that would not be remedied by the proposed law.
The bias and flaws of the study are evident:
Finally, taxpayers should be concerned. A public records request reveals that this “research” was conducted by a state agency using public funds to promote one side of a sensitive local social issue.
Also, no UNF project assisted the other side of the argument.
This is a biased, activist use of public treasure, hijacking UNF’s proper mission.
If any other state agency, for example the Department of Transportation, spent taxpayer dollars to champion one side of this contentious local issue, the governor would fire its chief administrator and end forever such state agency meddling in local matters.
Having failed to find evidence to support a new LGBT law, since its 2012 defeat, this was UNF’s Hail Mary pass — desperate and incomplete.
Keith Russell, Jacksonville
UNF's Hail Mary Pass - Desperate, Intercepted
2016Mar07: UNF poll on how Jacksonville treats its LGBT community was flawed, biased