Final Jacksonville Council Committee Votes Yes On LGBT Anti-Discrimination Bill

The final of three city council committees voted in favor of passing an LGBT-inclusive human rights ordinance bill. Next the full council will vote on the bill Tuesday. The finance committee, made up of council members, voted 4-3 to recommend the counc…

The final of three city council committees voted in favor of passing an LGBT-inclusive human rights ordinance bill. Next the full council will vote on the bill Tuesday. The finance committee, made up of council members, voted 4-3 to recommend the council add sexual orientation and gender identity to a list of protected characteristics like race and religion. LGBT people would be able to make a local discrimination claim in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations. Councilman Bill Gulliford offered an amendment to the bill that would have put the protections to a public vote, but it failed 2-5. Earlier this week, two other council committees also voted in favor of the bill. This story will be updated. Reporter Lindsey Kilbride can be reached at lkilbride@wjct.org, 904-358-6359 or on Twitter at @lindskilbride .