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Florida Family Policy Council: Jacksonville Council rejects 296 sexual orientation & gender identity ordinance

News release from the Florida Family Policy Council:


page_logo(Jacksonville, FL) Tonight, the Jacksonville City Council overwhelmingly rejected the controversial proposed 2012-296 “non-discrimination” ordinance. 296 created a new protected class and special rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and persons of any “gender identity or expression.”  If passed, the measure would have created a cause of action for money damages against private citizens by gay identified and other persons who subjectively felt they were being treated unfairly in workplace, housing and public accommodations.
Ordinance 2012-296 was amended with a substitute bill that removed the gender identity and expression provisions but left in the sexual orientation language. That bill was defeated by a vote of 10-9. Then the original bill was overwhelmingly rejected by a stunning vote of 17-2.
The Florida Family Policy Council marshalled tens of thousands of emails and phone calls to the Councilmen offices. The FFPC also launched radio ads, automated calls, and media interviews, created coalitions and organized church leaders to education and influence the City Council. John Stemberger, President and General Counsel of the FFPC, was in the trenches in Jacksonville several times, personally testifying before the City Council and helping concerned citizens organize against 296.
Stemberger released the following statement regarding the defeat of 296:
“This is an extraordinary victory for the people of Jacksonville who rose up and made it clear they were not going to allow some secret council of elite powerbrokers or activists from outside Jacksonville to force extreme policies upon them. I could not be more proud of the local residents who worked so hard to create a citywide movement to defeat this disaster of an ordinance.  I believe we are seeing the tables start to turn on “gay rights” issues when Americans see how really extreme these left-wing activists are. These are not just people who have a same sex attraction and want to be left alone to freely define themselves. This is a radical group of political operatives who want to force their aberrant views on human sexuality upon the rest of society by the mandate and penalty of law. Between the Chick-fil-A backlash, the recent outing of the new “pan-gendered” legislator in Texas, the plummeting of JC Penny stocks after they started displaying ads with openly gay men on Father’s day, Home Depot parading explicit sexual conduct in front of children, and now the major defeat of 296 in Florida’s largest and most progressive city, I believe people waking up to the truth that this is not about discrimination or fairness but about an intolerance and utter disrespect for the rights of others, namely Christians and those who believe in traditional family values.
The vote count was as follows:
First Vote on Amended Substitute Bill:
9 Voted For:
Anderson, Bishop, Boyer, Clark, Crescimbeni, Jones, Joost, Lee & Love (9)

10 Voted Against:
Brown, Carter, Daniels, Gaffney, Gulliford, Holt, Lumb, Redman, Schellenberg & Yarborough (10)

Second Vote on Original Bill
2 Voted For the bill in its original form after substitute failed:
Jones & Lee

17 Voted Against the Original Bill:
Anderson, Bishop, Boyer, Brown, Carter, Clark, Crescimbeni, Daniels, Gaffney, Gulliford, Holt, Joost, Love, Lumb, Redman, Schellenberg, Yarborough (17)
The Jacksonville Times Union story also gives a detailed breakdown of the votes and how each councilman came down on the matter.


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Too bad the Council didn't get a chance to see Myrna a Groundbreaking TV Series starring for the 1st time in TV history, a trans-woman *they may have changed their minds - and voted the other way.

Dear Mayor Brown:

With all due respect....

It was much to my surprise as it was to many others that the Jacksonville Council recently made a decision to allow Employers and fellow employees to discrimination on sexual orientation. Regardless of the topic, any discrimination is discrimination.

Yes this now includes permission for harassment, immediate job termination which also turns the Employer into the Oppressor.

This was the last opportunity you and the council had to truly allow Jacksonville to become the bold new city once promised. Now from what I hear many residents whether defined as "Gay" or not will no longer be considering Jacksonville their home. This also includes surrounding residential cities.

News has already been sent to deter those from other states to move to Jacksonville for work new careers and a new life. Protection to be free cannot be offered.

For it not been for the "Gay" labeled population no major city would ever be on the map, that has been proven time and again. The cultural diversity and awareness has always been initiated by those who understand it best.

In speaking to my colleagues we agree that you chose to again play passive rather than be a strong leader for this city and a role model for freedom of rights for humanity in this city, state and country.

It has now been estimated that we will see a decrease in economic growth in Jacksonville to the tune of 30-40% each year starting now.

This fear based incompetent decision will affect all of us who own businesses.

Plans are being made by those who are embarrassed and shocked that they are expected to live in a city that discriminates and does not protect humans of all preferences.

Why the council would not use common 2012 sense instead of falling back on their own fears and insecurities and programmed judgments is beyond belief.

Our Northern Florida governing agencies are already behind 40 years in mentality and just recently learned the concept of true recycling and the desire for Organic choices in our markets.

The population of Jacksonville in 2011 was 827,908. As of today, Aug. 18, 2012, 12:18pm...your Facebook page reflects only 1743 Likes.

This alone should be a catalyst for you to earn the support from the other 826.165.

Hopefully, the desire for Disney vacations will still allow a food stop for Jacksonville revenue. Looking at our new hospitals with no staff will be a popular story while driving by.

Need a religious statement to justify each day while in office? Here it is: Those who judge, judge oneself.

God is unconditional love, period. Should the City Council ever desire to fulfill their true purpose in their positions please let me know and I and millions of others will be happy to educate them and remind them of why they are living in this lifetime.

I forgive you and the Council for not supporting our city and its people for the greatest and highest good for all.

Sincerely for all concerned,

Bill Di Stanisloa

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