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became effective immediately, re-establishes protections that were eliminated in the 1990s, when that former commission repealed amendments to its human rights ordinance protecting the gay community.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 Commission votes 7-0 to create domestic partnership registry

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Tampa – After hearing unanimous support from speakers in favor of a domestic partnership registry in Hillsborough County, the county commission voted 7-0 to move forward in the process of creating a registry for unmarried couples Sept. 17.

The move is a total reversal from a vote held in January 2013, where the board split on the creation of the registry 4-3, and ultimately denied it.

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