Turns Out, Some Florida Lawmakers Aren't Homophobic

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Florida may have elected an antigay, antichoice tea partier as its chief executive, but there are still a few legislators out there on the other side.

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.




The reasoning behind the bill: The lion's share of Fortune 500 companies -- 87 percent, to be specific -- have similar policies in place.

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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Soflagator
Soflagator

I wonder what the over/under will be on GOP legislators supporting this bill.

I'll go out on a limb and say 2.

Not that they have anything against gays, mind you.  (Actually, most of them probably don't . . .they're just afraid of upsetting the rubes who put them in office).

Yami
Yami

As a minor I have a question about one part in specific in this newly passed bill. What exactly does bestiality have to do with kids, seriously? How would making bestiality illegal protect children? I just don't understand.. It's not like bestiality inherently leads to pedophilia, what kind of logic would you use to reach the conclusion that someone automatically starts molesting children if they prefer animals to people?I'm not trying to say it isn't true, I just want clarification of why it is in any way related.

John Henry
John Henry

Only a lame-brain employer would put a person's sexual orientation over their job skills and qualifications.  As a employer, I could care less about what an employee does in the privacy of his/her bedroom as long as they're making my company money.  All the good employees have jobs or are hired because they are good at what they do.

This is nothing more than a bunch of desperate democrats pandering to whatever political base they can find--in this case its the gays.  The 2012 election will all come down to jobs & the economy and this "act" is just a lame attempt to convince the masses that the democrats DO care about jobs.  In the end, this will hardly impact the State's unemployment figures.

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

How about a gay dog?  Would that quench the thirst of the Republican Party?

Someone get Big Al on the horn.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

I don't see the connection, and points out Nan is not a one trick pony. She protects children and pets, I guess.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

Other than the sponsors of these bills having a (D) after their name, I don't see the why this would be construed as pandering. The pubs can hop on board and support this legislation and get a few votes by pandering also. We'll see if they do.

GuntherZorn
GuntherZorn

There is no shortage of lame brain employers.

IrvingFeiner
IrvingFeiner

Oh, lots of those old guy republicans are content with a few young male pages to wrestle with and a couple cute guys in the airport mensroom.  

The gay dog can go back to licking his huevos.

Victoria Bekiempis
Victoria Bekiempis

Hi there,

Thanks for the comment.

Just to clarify...Nan is an advocate of child's rights. She also happened to sponsored the bestiality law. These two facts aren't causally related.While she has claimed, however, that bestiality could lead to violent sexual behavior toward humans, sexologists haven't really found any evidence to support that. Hope this clears up some confusion. Sorry if my writing was unclear.-Victoria Bekiempis

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