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Gainesville, Fla May Repeal LGBT Anti-Discrimination Law Today

Gainesville, Florida voters may vote to repeal an anti-discrimination ordinance protecting LGBT people today, the Miami Herald reports:

Predator "The fight began after the city commission last year revised Gainesville's anti-discrimination ordinance to protect transgender people - those who are born one sex but identify with the other. That allows the city's approximately 100 transgender residents to use the public restroom of their choosing, along with protecting them from job and housing discrimination. Those supporting repeal say their message has remained consistent: 'Keep men out of women's restrooms!' ... 'That's our motive, plain and simple,' said Jim Gilbert, a spokesman for Citizens for Good Public Policy. On the other side, a group known as Equality is Gainesville's Business is campaigning for a 'no' vote on Charter Amendment 1. It argues that the city ordinance does not need amending and that the transgender argument is really a screen for a larger attack on sexual minorities. Home to the University of Florida, Gainesville is generally considered a gay-friendly city surrounded by conservative north Florida."

In January, I reported that Citizens for Good Public Policy was fueling their crusade against the ordinance by broadcasting a disgusting and misleading fear-mongering ad that showed a sexual predator entering a restroom at a child's playground.

The AP has reported that "Since the ordinance took effect, police have reported no problems in public restrooms stemming from the law."

Watch the "Yes on 1" and and the "No on 1" ads, AFTER THE JUMP...

The "Yes on 1" ad:

And here's the "No on 1" ad.

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  1. Vote No! I hope the right thing happens. keep us updated

    Posted by: KFLO | Mar 24, 2009 10:57:42 AM

  2. I think it's going to pass. Everytime a ballot initiative is up for a public vote no matter what it is HATEROSEXUALS decide to take away gay people's rights. With that said every gay person in Gainesville should do what they can to help defeat this measure.

    Posted by: Bill | Mar 24, 2009 12:06:04 PM

  3. This is even worse than it appears to be. The amendment would actually prohibit the city from adopting ANY ordinances protecting its gay and lesbian citizens. I live in Gainesville, and you can't turn around lately without bumping into some idiot standing on the street corner with a sign that says "Keep men out of women's restrooms" or something to that effect. But the actual wording of the vote is thus:

    "Shall the city charter be amended to prohibit the adoption or enforcement of ordinances, regulations, rules or policies that provide protected status, preferences or discrimination claims based on classifications, characteristics or orientations not recognized by the Florida Civil Rights Act? The act recognizes race, color, creed, religion, gender, national origin, age, handicap, marital and familial status. Additionally, this amendment voids existing ordinances concerning sexual orientation, gender identity, and other ordinances inconsistent with this amendment."

    Basically, if Gainesville tries to enact any laws, now or in the future, protecting LGBT citizens from discrimination, in housing, employment, or whatever, this amendment would prohibit it. The opponents are using a hot button issue (the restroom thing) to divert the attention from the actual intention of the amendment, which is to legalize discrimination.

    Posted by: Zeph | Mar 24, 2009 12:41:04 PM

  4. Oh my golly! That Yes on 1 ad is soooo wrong! It sent chills up my spine that they could twist it that way and its even more frustrating that folks would believe that s#it! It's just like the Yes on 8 ads where they use fear and children! Agghhh!

    Posted by: Taro | Mar 24, 2009 3:27:59 PM

  5. Well.. with over half the precincts reporting, the city seems to be soundly rejecting the homophobes. voting right now (8:30PM or so) has the vote at about 31% yes, and 62% against repeal of the amendment. Suddenly, I am kinda proud of my city :)

    Posted by: Paul McDonough | Mar 24, 2009 8:55:25 PM

  6. WE WON!!! WE WON!!! WE WON!!!

    58% voted NO, 42% voted yes.

    Maybe there is hope in the world. *Hugs*

    Posted by: Bill | Mar 24, 2009 9:12:58 PM

  7. It's true. Gainesville said NO to the liars and homophobes -- and to the nasty tactics of these right-wing wackos and their unhealthy obsession with public restrooms. We owe a lot to our friends, and to our local leaders. Openly gay City Commissioner Craig Lowe is among our heros. Thanks, everybody!

    Go to equalitygainesville. com to see now it's done. Equality is Gainesville's Business!

    Posted by: CH in GVL FLA | Mar 24, 2009 10:52:18 PM

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