Leon County, Florida Votes to Expand Protections for Gays
Leon County, Florida, which includes state capital Tallahassee, voted 5-2 last night to broaden its human rights ordinance, the Tallahassee Democrat reports:
"The changes are designed to deter discrimination and include more protection for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community. Commissioners Jane Sauls and Bryan Desloge voted against the measure. The proposed changes offer stronger protections from discrimination in four areas: general provisions, employment discrimination, equal access to places of public accommodations and fair housing. The issue created distinct division in the community. Commissioners have received hundreds of e-mails and calls in the past month from residents, business owners and members of faith-based groups."