Republican files anti-LGBT bill but claims to be an ally

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According to the Herald Tribune, in 2017 and 2018 state senator and Florida GOP chairman Joe Gruters co-sponsored a bill to protect LGBT+ from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations. And now he is doing a quite opposite thing, leaving people confused. The politician himself says it upsets him when this bill is called anti-LGBT because he still considers himself and ally of the LGBT community. But SB 1126 could threaten hard-won municipal or county ordinances protecting LGBT+ employees in Florida from discrimination. The bill aims to “prohibit a political subdivision from establishing, mandating, or otherwise requiring an employer to offer conditions of employment which are not otherwise required by state or federal law”. In other words, a county, municipality or other public body, corporate or otherwise, would not be able to enforce conditions of employment beyond what is required by state or federal law, but there are no protections from the anti-LGBT discrimination on the federal level.

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