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Jacksonville City Council Rejects Inclusive Updates to Human Rights Ordinance

Jackson, FloridaThis post comes from HRC Legislative Counsel Cathryn Oakley:

Last night, after months of hard work by the Jacksonville Committee for Equality, the Jacksonville City Council unfortunately voted down 2012-296, a bill which would have added sexual orientation and gender identity to Jacksonville's existing Human Rights Ordinance.

HRC applauds the Jacksonville Committee for Equality for its passionate and determined efforts.  HRC joined their effort, together with Equality Florida, by holding phone banks and consulting on language and strategy to pass a fully-inclusive ordinance. While the result is disappointing, the Jacksonville Committee for Equality bravely started a discussion which has undoubtedly pushed equality forward, and HRC continues its commitment to work with them as they continue this discussion in the coming months.

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