Federal commission weighs LGBT job protections

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Gay rights advocates say a federal law is needed to prohibit LGBT discrimination in the workplace, and that religious exemptions should be few.

Kate Kendall, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, told the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights that the nation’s “commitment to non-discrimination trumps private prejudice.”

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Kentucky business appeals commission’s ruling

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A business in Lexington, Ky., has appealed a ruling by the city’s Human Rights Commission that it discriminated against an organization by refusing to print T-shirts for a gay rights festival.

The owners of Hands On Originals argue that the ruling violates their freedom of religion and expression. Attorney Jim Campbell, who represents the owners, says they should not be forced to communicate a message they find morally objectionable.

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Grieb unseats incumbent for county commission seat

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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During the craziness of covering Florida 2014 Midterm Elections one candidate seemed to fly under the radar in our result coverage—openly gay Democrat Cheryl Grieb who unseated Republican Frank Attkisson by only 106 votes for Osceola County Commission District 4 seat.

Grieb is a former Kissimmee city commissioner and Vice Mayor, but said this race was one of the toughest she’s ever had to face. She is currently the chairperson of Greater Osceola Partnership of Economic Prosperity and a member of the Downtown Kissimmee Area Council for the Chamber of Commerce.

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Sarasota transgender amendment passes first reading

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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Sarasota – On Nov. 3, the City of Sarasota unanimously approved on the first reading changes to the city’s anti-discrimination law which would add rights and protections for transgender individuals.

City Commissioner Suzanne Atwell originally made a motion Sept. 2 to vote to move forward with working on a draft because the law already has protections for sexual orientation, which were added in 2000. Her motion was unanimously approved for the city attorney to draft an amendment that same day.

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Hillsborough amends HRO, proceeds with registry formation

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Tampa – With a unanimous vote, Hillsborough County Commissioners passed a law prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The law, which became effective immediately, re-establishes protections that were eliminated in the 1990s, when that former commission repealed amendments to its human rights ordinance protecting the gay community.

“There’s been a cultural and political shift,” said Commissioner Kevin Beckner, who pushed for the HRO amendment. “I think people are beginning to realize the importance of making sure everyone is treated equally and fairly.”

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Hillsborough County Commissioners to consider a DPR—again

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Tampa – Hillsborough County will get a second chance to do things right. On Sept. 17, the Commission is slated to vote—again—on creating a domestic partnership registry for unmarried couples.

Commissioner Kevin Beckner, a Democrat, has placed the item on the agenda.

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