The Florida Times-Union reports:
The Jacksonville City Council on Tuesday restored discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people that were enacted in 2017 but struck down last month by a Florida appeals court. The Florida 1st District of Appeals declared the law unenforceable on May 1 based on a technical issue with the process the council used to pass the law. The court didn’t find any issues with the law itself, which left the door open for the council to pass a replacement law.
Councilman Aaron Bowman, a sponsor of the 2017 law, quickly introduced such a bill, and Jacksonville’s LGBT community is back under the city’s umbrella of discrimination protections after the council’s 15-4 vote. The unexpected return of the divisive issue attracted some of the same passionate testimony from supporters and opponents seen in 2017, although the magnitude and suspense didn’t live up to the showdowns at City Hall over similar laws in 2012, 2016 and 2017.
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— JAX Chamber (@JAXChamber) June 9, 2020
The abrupt dismantling of Jacksonville's most prominent Confederate monument was just the beginning of a historic day in the city, which also saw an announcement about body camera policy and the (re)passage of an anti-discrimination bill for LGBT people.https://t.co/cR404ifQ2J
— Nate Monroe (@NateMonroeTU) June 9, 2020
The Jacksonville, Florida City Council Tuesday voted to preserve its human rights ordinance that protects LGBTQ+ residents in Jacksonville from discrimination. This law mirrors the one that was passed in 2017.
Anti-LGBTQ hate group Liberty Counsel had sued to invalidate the law.
— Brody Levesque (@BrodyLevesque) June 9, 2020