Atlantic Beach votes to protect LGBT aganist discrimination in workplace

Published On: Feb 10 2014 11:16:47 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 11 2014 01:32:06 PM EST

Atlantic Beach city council members voted tonight to support a competitive workforce resolution that would protect LGBTs against discrimination in the workplace.

Originally it was known as the Human Rights Ordinance, but members changed the wording at tonight's city council meeting-- passing the resolution in a 4-1 vote.

They say their goal was to support the senate bill and house bill in regards to the competitive workforce act - ahead of the upcoming legislative session.

We spoke with those for and against the resolution tonight after it was approved.  As expected some people, like Sharon Krause, were against it.

This is basically a religious freedom issue," she said.  "It has been from the very beginning. This will discriminate against business owners.. It will place extra burden on them and churches."

But other people, like Judy Sheklin, are in favor of it.

"Business and industry leaders are supporting this legislation because they know it will be good for Florida," she said.   "The majority Fortune 500 companies have their own protections in place."

The resolution now goes to state lawmakers where it will be reviewed during the legislative session in March.


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