JACKSONVILLE: Liberty Counsel Files Lawsuit To Invalidate “Illegal” LGBT Rights Ordinance

Via press release:

Liberty Counsel filed a lawsuit today to invalidate the so-called Jacksonville “Human Rights Ordinance” or “HRO” because it was adopted in violation of Florida Statutes, the Jacksonville Ordinance Code and City Council Rules. The Jacksonville City Council voted to adopt the HRO, Ordinance 2017-15, on February 14, 2017.

The HRO purports to add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as “protected categories” under Jacksonville law. As stated in the lawsuit, the authors and sponsors of the HRO intentionally omitted language required by state and local law “to deceive the Jacksonville public, City Council and Mayor as to the true contents and scope of the HRO. None of the twenty-eight (28) sections and subsections of the Jacksonville Ordinance Code purportedly amended by . . . the HRO are published in the HRO, either in whole or in part.”

“The council members and activists who promoted the HRO told the public that the ordinance was different from the two prior versions that failed in 2012 and 2016—that it was ‘simpler’ and addressed the concerns of small businesses and religious organizations,” said Roger Gannam, Liberty Counsel’s Assistant Vice President of Legal Affairs. “But the truth is, this is the same bad ordinance that opens women’s private facilities to men, coerces Christian business owners to violate their consciences, and does not solve any actual discrimination problem. The HRO proponents hid the truth with intentionally deceptive messaging and by flouting the rule of law,” said Gannam.

  • Bad Tom

    That is all.

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    How the hell does this “business” stay in business. If I lost as much as they did I would be “picking spuds out of alley ash cans.”

    • pj

      they arent in business to win cases. just to waste everybodys time.

    • Tawreos

      The product they are moving isn’t court wins it is persecution claims to gullible christians that are more than happy to fund these shit heels.

    • Twitter-in-Chief✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      “How the hell does this “business” stay in business.”

      It baffled me too. Until I found out losers like BreitFarts have strong financial backings from a uber rich who want the tax cuts, the publicity, or a political tool catering to those GOP single issue voters. Some, I assume, are true believers.

      • David Walker

        I doubt your assumption. They just hate us and have found a scam worthy of their donations.

        • Twitter-in-Chief✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          Hence, my “true believers” statement.
          I don’t see the middle class Americans, however misguided or hateful they are, would keep giving money to a loser who keeps losing lawsuits. It’s the uber rich with disposable income that can sustain this kind of activity.

          • David Walker

            Yeah, sorry. Missed that.

    • Halou

      They are predators. Seeking well-off people, usually business owners like bakers or photographers, and then they dupe their victims into breaking the law so that once they go to court the LC can suck them dry over a period of months and years.
      After a series of losses and hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of appeals later the business is closed down, it’s owners left destitute almost to the point of homelessness and the LC rides off into the sunset in search of another victim.

    • David Walker

      “If I lost as much as they did” I’d be president. Which ain’t a bad idea.

  • I do not concede that I am fluent in Staver’s dialect of batshit. Nevertheless I have put up examples of how the ordinance should have been drafted — according to Staver. My read on FL law is a bit different than his http://www.slowlyboiledfrog.com/2017/03/hate-group-leader-attempts-to.html

  • Michael R

    This parasite eats a fish tongue and replaces it with himself ,
    He got the idea from Mat Staver


    • kcken

      I’m putting this at the top of “Things I wish i’d never seen”.
      Here, have an upvote …. #GROSS!

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Stupid fish be like “Don’t worry, I’m on PReP.”, but shit like this STILL happens, people!!

  • Boreal
    • Christian1234567

      They’re a hate group; it’s probably part of their mission to terrorize LGBT people. They really suck at cases, though. However, I think they don’t care whether they win or lose as long as they can drum up fear and harm the LGBT community anyway, they probably consider that to be a “win.”

      • Boreal

        The win is their fundraising grift kept afloat by losing.

      • NancyP

        They are a PR company, not a legal firm.

  • Tomcat

    If there is any screwing of gays going on in America, the republicans insist they will be doing it.

    • kcken

      LOL. I see what you did there. And if anyone else wants to see it, it’s 3.99 a minute.

  • Rex

    To violate your conscience, you have to have one.

  • kcken
    • another_steve

      The ban never went into effect here in Maryland — home of the best crabcakes in the universe.

      • Rex

        Now I want a crabcake.

      • Hank


        • another_steve


          Maryland is Trief Central, sweetie.

  • bambinoitaliano
    • McSwagg

      Ha! Read that as Orly (Taitz) the birther idiot.

  • pj

    dewey, cheetem and howe.

  • AtticusP
  • Tawreos

    I hear the only thing that will decide how fast this case gets tossed is whether the judge decides to have lunch first.

  • zhera
  • Richard B

    These religious bigots don’t ever give up and I say let him spend his resources on a futile effort.
    Stupid is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
    Do Mat really think they can put that genie back into the bottle?

  • JWC

    So much hate so little time The Religious Right is the most obtuse organization anything with the worsd gay in it or the colors of the rainbow they MUST attack Are their lives an exsistance so void

    • Take heart, one fine day the fight against LGBT civil rights will no longer garner them buckets of cash, and that day is soon approaching, it will be another minority group to be dumped into the hate barrel.

  • Robert Anthony

    Inoculate children against religious infection folks. It’s fatal.

  • KarenAtFOH

    Because they love us so god dammed much.

    • David Walker

      Yes. It’s all that xn Love(TM) that makes us feel so fucked.

  • joe ho

    Enjoy, all those too righteous to vote for Hillary, that filthy corporate whore!

    Trump and the imminent far-right stacking of the federal judiciary have emboldened the anti-LGBT forces.

    But your snowflake consciences are clear!

  • greenmanTN

    “We think about gay sex all the time so you don’t have to!”

    Hell, I’m gay and I don’t think about gay sex as much as these guys do, and certainly not with their pasty white asses!

    • WitlessProtection

      A pasty white ass can be a beautiful thing!

      • greenmanTN

        No, but a creamy white butt surrounded by an asshole is never a good thing.

      • Gianni


  • WitlessProtection

    Pretty much guaranteeing that it will stand…

    • boatboy_srq

      You would think they’d get the hint at some point that their pet projects are all lost causes and their advocacy/defense is a guarantee of failure. I suppose, though, as long as rubes are willing to send them attorneys’-fee-rate grift to continue failing, it’s as good a gig as a JD could hope for.

  • David Walker

    And the beat goes on.

    Hey, wait! I have an idea! Let’s do away with equal rights for everybody! No favoritism if you’re religious. No favoritism if you aren’t white. No favoritism if you are physically challenged. No favoritism because of your nationality. No favoritism is you are a republican. Then we can all start from square one and see how it plays out.

    • greenmanTN


      One of them became a Republican and ran into a tree. Talk about your messages from god!

      • Bj Lincoln

        Just to be fair, he was a republican before the GOP turned into the total monsters they are now. I think he would have switched parties had he lived longer.

        • greenmanTN

          I would hope not.

    • If we do that, then lets start afresh and redistrict the entire country going only by population, not by gerrymandering bullshit.

  • Lazycrockett


    Okay Dems lets get to work in Montana!

  • And if anyone knows about flouting the rule of law, it’s Liberty Counsel.

  • TheSCARYjudgement


  • boatboy_srq

    Not at all like Libety Counzul’s own Religulous Libety proposals, huh? Those are, like, totally legal and Constitutional.


  • bambinoitaliano

    LBGT community to these right wing nuts is what cucumber is to some cats. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/58f1bc9485a54828584a9a8f562c15b9020421490987a4d47347e5cad335bf9c.gif

    • David Walker

      Nice cucumber, though.

  • David Walker

    Regarding the constant losers that LC are: According to my history thingy on FB, I posted this 2 years ago. I watch “Pride” less than I did then, so I hadn’t seen this for a while. Not quite like the first time, but it’s still an incredibly hopeful scene…the idea, the song, the singing, the understanding… And then bullies barge in.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      I love this scene, and the crescendo is just….shivers. Such a great film.

    • Opinion Sousaphones

      Ah, that song always brings me to tears. I will start singing it again, although I have no hope.

  • Fifth-and-a-Half Element

    Two words, Mat-with-one-t:


    • McSwagg

      Mat, as in Door Mat.

  • Damn Mat, just admit who you really are and go down to the local ABS and suck as much dick as possible. We all know you want to.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • Clive Johnson

    That look on Mat Staver’s face–frozen, fearful, like he’s been caught with member in hand, and instantly knows what that means for his career.

  • Michael

    This hate group seeks to violate the consciences and sincerely held religious beliefs of all Americans who don’t believe Jesus = Anti-gay Discrimination. Including all of us who believe in the traditional Golden Rule.

  • Gregg

    The plaintiff is a man named John Parsons. A Google and Facebook search turned up nothing. We need to find out who this person is and if he even has standing to file the suit.

  • BudClark

    Where’s Vlad the Impaler when you need him???

  • Piona O.

    Mat Staver loses almost every motion and case he participates in. He’s the worst lawyer since Hamilton Burger.