Leesburg, Florida has become the latest town to implement a LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance
Jan Hurley, a city commissioner who voted against the ordinance, said its implementation is more about making the city look progressive than functional:
"The federal courts have already taken a stand on it first. Second, Leesburg has no problem. One of our commissioners is interracially-married. One of our biggest community leaders is openly gay… sits on all boards."
City Manager Al Minner (above) said that he is not aware of any cases of anti-LGBT discrimination in the city.
However, 16-year-old Bayli Silberstein (right), who made national news in 2013 when she fought for a Gay-Straight Alliance at Carver Middle School, says discrimination does exist in Leesburg for the gay, lesbian, and transgender community:
"I believe Leesburg does have a discrimination problem, and unless you're on the opposite end of it, you are not going to know that. Unless you're around people who are experiencing it, you are not going to see it. I believe this is definitely something we need in Leesburg."
Watch a report on the Leesburg law, AFTER THE JUMP…
On Wednesday, an Alabama House committee rejected a bill that would have extended statewide non-discrimination protections on the basis of sexual orientation or identity.