Republicans & Democrats co-sponsor FL Civil Rights bill to include orientation and identity

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    Mar 13, 2015 11:32 PM GMT
    http://www.gainesville.com/article/20150313/ARTICLES/150319777

    ...employers can still legally fire someone based on their sexual orientation in Florida, and gay individuals can be barred from housing and face other forms of legal discrimination.

    That has prompted a bipartisan group of lawmakers to renew their push to add sexual orientation and gender identity to state civil rights law, with 10 Republicans and 15 Democrats co-sponsoring a House bill on the issue.

    ...while the effort to ban discrimination against gays in the workplace faces a steep climb. It has not been heard in any committees yet...

    ...Key Largo Republican Rep. Holly Raschein displays a large poster board on a stand outside her office listing more than 200 businesses that have endorsed her bill aimed at outlawing employment, housing and other forms of discrimination against gay and transgender individuals.

    The list includes such big name Florida companies as Walt Disney World, Darden Restaurants, which owns the Olive Garden and Longhorn Steakhouse chains, Florida Power & Light parent company NextEra Energy, Office Depot, CSX railroad and Carvnival cruise lines...

    ... this is the first time the legislation is being sponsored by a Republican, Smith said. And the bill has attracted Republican co-sponsors from around the state...



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    Mar 13, 2015 11:45 PM GMT
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  • roadbikeRob

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    Mar 15, 2015 12:16 AM GMT
    This is awesome news. It is also great to see republicans and democrats working cooperatively on this vital issue. A republican introduced this legislation, I wonder how all the extremist liberal hens on here are going to react.icon_question.gif
  • jrc2005

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    Mar 15, 2015 11:26 AM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidThis is awesome news. It is also great to see republicans and democrats working cooperatively on this vital issue. A republican introduced this legislation, I wonder how all the extremist liberal hens on here are going to react.icon_question.gif


    icon_question.gif indeed, what do you mean?

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    Mar 16, 2015 12:40 AM GMT
    jrc2005 said
    roadbikeRob saidThis is awesome news. It is also great to see republicans and democrats working cooperatively on this vital issue. A republican introduced this legislation, I wonder how all the extremist liberal hens on here are going to react.icon_question.gif


    icon_question.gif indeed, what do you mean?


    He means that he neither picked up off the direct quote in the OP that "this is the first time the legislation is being sponsored by a Republican" nor bother to read the article which states in context that...

    "Gay rights activists have been pushing for a statewide anti-discrimination law for years but this is the first time the legislation is being sponsored by a Republican, Smith said. And the bill has attracted Republican co-sponsors from around the state."

    Must have been distracted by figuring out how to claim how "great to see republicans and democrats working cooperatively" (which makes sense) while fitting in his tired "extremist liberal hen" bit (which is nonsense).
  • roadbikeRob

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    Mar 19, 2015 11:55 AM GMT
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    jrc2005 said
    roadbikeRob saidThis is awesome news. It is also great to see republicans and democrats working cooperatively on this vital issue. A republican introduced this legislation, I wonder how all the extremist liberal hens on here are going to react.icon_question.gif


    icon_question.gif indeed, what do you mean?


    He means that he neither picked up off the direct quote in the OP that "this is the first time the legislation is being sponsored by a Republican" nor bother to read the article which states in context that...

    "Gay rights activists have been pushing for a statewide anti-discrimination law for years but this is the first time the legislation is being sponsored by a Republican, Smith said. And the bill has attracted Republican co-sponsors from around the state."

    Must have been distracted by figuring out how to claim how "great to see republicans and democrats working cooperatively" (which makes sense) while fitting in his tired "extremist liberal hen" bit (which is nonsense).
    I am very well aware of gay rights activists pushing for total equality in Florida and in other purple swing states like Ohio, Michigan, and Virginia. This really isn't ground breaking news, it is just that some republicans are pushing this legislation which is awesome. The GOP is starting to change for the better.
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    Mar 20, 2015 11:14 PM GMT
    http://www.eqfl.org/Florida_Competitive_Workplace_Act
    The bill, in its current form, was first introduced in 2009 by Representative Kelly Skidmore (Democrat) and Senator Ted Deutch (Democrat).


    This actually is groundbreaking for Republicans in Florida as this is the first time they've so championed us in this regard.

    Glad to have the Republicans onboard instead of scraping at the keel. Nice to see them taking a turn at the helm of such a stout ship. Understand if we keep a man up in the crows nest to keep watch for hazards.

    http://flcompetitiveworkforce.com/