Friday, May 22, 2015

Jacksonville elects a pro-equality city council


Jacksonville, Florida citizens went to the polls on Tuesday and elected 11 new city council members. Equality Florida reports that “an historic LGBT voter mobilization effort by Equality Florida Action PAC and the Human Rights Campaign has created a pro-equality majority on the Jacksonville city council! Tuesday's elections have delivered a clear majority on the 17 member council who are on-the-record in support of adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the city’s nondiscrimination law.”

Jacksonville is (surprisingly) the Florida metropolitan area with the highest percentage of residents who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (4.3 percent of about 850 thousand citizens). In 2012 an anti-discrimination ordinance was defeated in the city council by one vote.

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