Turns Out, Some Florida Lawmakers Aren't Homophobic
Rep. Scott Randolph (D-Orlando) recently filed The Competitive Workforce Act, which would bar businesses from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Randolph, recognizing that discrimination based on sexual orientation leads to economy-sapping brain-drains, hopes that protection against discrimination will bring businesses, jobs, and families to Florida.
If passed, the bill would also prohibit sexual-orientation and gender-identity-based discrimination in housing and public assistance.
Sen. Nan Rich (D-Weston) has sponsored a similar bill in the state Senate. Rich, an advocate of children's rights, has recently gained attention for successfully spearheading a new law that criminalizes bestiality.
Randolph filed a similar bill during the spring legislative session, but it looks like that bill didn't even get a hearing.
Randolph's move comes on the heels of Florida's Domestic Partnership Act, introduced by Rep. Mark Pafford (D-West Palm Beach) in September. That bill would grant domestic partnership protections to couples.
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