State Rep. David Richardson, D-Miami Beach, on Friday sent a hand-delivered letter to Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican:
Dear Governor Scott,
I am writing to thank you for your comments earlier this week concerning Arizona's SB 1062. You stated "From my understanding of that bill, I would veto it in Florida because it seems unnecessary." You went on to say "I am very much opposed to discrimination."
Governor, I commend you for your statement of opposition to the discriminatory Arizona legislation. However, discrimination continues in our great state. Are you aware of the discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the state of Florida? Do you realize in the state of Florida today you can be fired from your job simply for being LGBT? Are you aware you can be denied service in a restaurant, refused housing, denied a hotel room or denied financial credit based on your sexual orientation or sexual identity?
Along with the SAVE organization, I have been working in South Florida to end discrimination for everyone, including the LGBT community. Let's meet and work together to make these types of discriminatory practices a thing of the past and ensure all Floridians have the same freedoms and opportunities. I'm available at your earliest convenience.