- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) - A federal judge has determined county leaders violated the constitutional rights of a man when they asked him his views on gay marriage and other hot-button issues during a job interview.

Judge David Ezra ruled Williamson County commissioners violated Robert Lloyd’s right to equal protection under the law when they questioned him in 2013 when he was a candidate for a constable’s position.

Commissioners have acknowledged they also asked Lloyd and other candidates for county positions about their stance on abortion.

Ezra said in his ruling that he’s ordering county officials to refrain from asking those questions and also any relating to religious affiliation.

The judge’s ruling came Friday following a September trial that stemmed from a lawsuit Lloyd filed.

The commissioners chose another candidate to fill the constable opening.

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