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Topic: Florida

In the South, We Only Lose When We Do Not Fight Nadine Smith, Equality Florida  •  April 13, 2016 That powerful moment from Apollo 13 keeps playing in my head with each new headline from North Carolina showing the growing resistance from within and beyond the state’s borders to HB2, the law aimed at legalizing anti-LGBT discrimination. I am moved by the steady drumbeat of opposition from f
Florida House Votes 82-37 to Approve “Pastor Protection” Act Florida Politics  •  March 2, 2016 The Florida House voted 82-37 to approve a bill that allows members of the clergy to refuse to perform gay marriages. The passage came after more than an hour of passionate debate. Opponents questioned why the bill (HB 43) was needed, with some calling it an insult to the state’s gay community.
Jacksonville, Florida LGBT Non-Discrimination Legislation Withdrawn Human Rights Campaign  •  February 19, 2016 Last night, the Jacksonville City Council voted to withdraw a bill that would have updated the existing Human Rights Ordinance (HRO) to include LGBT residents. Immediately following, the city council voted to withdraw legislation opposed by HRC and our allies that would have put LGBT civil rights up
Florida LGBT Rights Bill Dead; Still Legal to Fire Someone for Being Gay Miami New Times  •  February 10, 2016 Even though same-sex marriage is now legal in Florida, it’s also still completely within the law for an employer to fire someone for being gay or a landlord to deny housing to a transgender tenant in large swaths of the state. For the tenth time, a coalition of bipartisan lawmakers (yes, even
Bill banning LGBT discrimination nearly dies, will be re-heard Tuesday Tampa Bay Times  •  February 8, 2016 Minutes after leaving it for dead Monday, senators breathed new life into a proposal to ban discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Floridians. Supporters have one last shot Tuesday to pass the bill (SB 120), which would ban discrimination in employment, housing and public acco
Florida Must Move Forward on Equality Measures Nadine Smith, Equality Florida / Time Magazine  •  February 7, 2016 Florida is at a historic crossroads, and the nation will be watching whether lawmakers turn toward progress or lurch backward on Monday, when state senators take up the Florida Competitive Workforce Act—a bill that would add lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) nondiscrimination protecti
Time Runs Out Before Florida Senate Panel Can Vote on LGBT Rights Bill Florida Politics  •  January 26, 2016 A bill that would extend protection from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in Florida was to be debated and voted in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. However, time considerations precluded that from happening so it will come back before the
After Long Road, Florida Competitive Workforce Act Gets First Senate Committee Hearing Florida Politics  •  January 21, 2016 The Florida Competitive Workforce Act will finally see the light of day, after what has been a long road to be heard by any committee in the Florida Legislature. Miami Republican Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla placed Senate Bill 120, sponsored by Boynton Beach Democrat Sen. Joe Abruzzo, on the
Public keeps debate on LGBT protections going at Jacksonville, Florida council meeting Tuesday night Florida Times-Union  •  January 12, 2016 Jacksonville residents crowded Tuesday’s City Council meeting to voice their stance on the longstanding question of whether to expand discrimination protections to the LGBT community, which will soon be decided by the council. Read more here.
Jacksonville, FL Councilman Aaron Bowman To Cosponsor LGBT Anti-Discrimination Bill WJCT  •  January 6, 2016 Jacksonville City Councilman Tommy Hazouri is pitching his human rights ordinance bill in one-on-one meetings with other council members. His first one, with Councilman Aaron Bowman, was Wednesday afternoon. “He had some great questions to ask about the language, that we have to make sure that