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Jacksonville City Council defeats LGBT anti-discrimination bill

8:58 PM, Aug 15, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville City Council failed Wednesday night to pass the original LGBT anti-discrimination bill with the original language with a 17-2 vote.

The bill was looking to ban discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individuals in regards to employment and looking for housing.

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The bill would have added six words, "sexual orientation, gender identity or expression" to the list of classes already protected by the city's anti-discrimination statute.

The City Council meeting almost completely cleared out after the bill, known as Human Rights Ordinance 296, failed to pass.

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Supporters of the bill say they will try again to get the bill passed.

"It's ok, it's not over. You can't expect to win easily the first time around," said Attorney Carrington Meade.

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