JACKSONVILLE: Liberty Counsel Organizes Hate Rally Urging Mayor To Veto New LGBT Rights Ordinance

Via press release from the Florida Family Policy Council:

Liberty Counsel, a national public interest constitutional law firm with offices in Florida, released a three-page legal memorandum today documenting the fact that Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry can still legally veto the Human Rights Ordinance (HRO) 2017-15. The HRO, passed by the City Council last week, can still be vetoed by Mayor Curry because it is not final law until after the next City Council meeting on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

The research and memo was prepared by attorney Roger Gannam, Assistant Vice President of Legal Affairs and long-time Jacksonville resident, in light of the misinformation being distributed to the media by the mayor’s office. The Office of General Counsel has erroneously claimed that the HRO is final law because it passed with a super majority and the mayor is unable to veto it. The legal memo clearly demonstrates this is incorrect after a review of the City Charter provisions.

Because Mayor Curry still has the legal option of vetoing the HRO, hundreds of Jacksonville women are gathering this Wednesday, February 22, 2017, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm for a rally and press conference outside on the sidewalks surrounding City Hall and in Hemming Plaza. At 12:30, various women are scheduled to make public statements to the media urging the Mayor to veto the HRO because the law would force them and their daughters to shower, dress and use bathrooms with men.