Gay/trans rights bill voted down in Florida

Jacksonville.com (yet another paper that doesn’t make it obvious what paper they really are):

Councilman Warren Jones filed a bill in May adding sexual orientation. He later amended the bill by deleting language that gave protection based on “gender identity” and “gender expression.” Equality Florida, a group that advocates anti-discrimination laws, objected that the change watered down the bill by eliminating protection for transgender individuals and would allow discrimination based on gender stereotypes.

But the change picked up support from council members who otherwise were inclined to oppose the bill. The 10-9 vote Wednesday was against the substitute legislation put forward by Jones.

The failure to amend the bill forced a second vote on the original bill filed by Jones. The council rejected it 17-2 with only Jones and Councilwoman Denise Lee in favor.


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