Miami-Dade County approves transgender protections

Thu. December 4, 2014 9:41 AM by Carlos Santoscoy

Miami, FL - On Tuesday, the Miami-Dade County Commission voted overwhelmingly to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or gender expression in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodations.

With an 8-3 vote, commissioners agreed to amend the county's existing Human Rights Ordinance (HRO).

Miami-Dade is Florida's most populous and third largest county. It covers all or part of five congressional districts and is home to nearly 2.5 million Floridians, as of the 2010 Census.

According to Equality Florida, Florida's leading LGBT rights advocate, Miami-Dade is the state's 28th municipality with such protections.

The ACLU of Florida lobbied for passage.

"People should be judged based on their merits and qualifications – period," ACLU of Florida Executive Director Howard Simon said in a statement. "This basic principle of equality is one that people in this county pride themselves on, and which the Human Rights Ordinance protects. For decades, this ordinance has been the battleground for some of the most important fights between those who want a fairer and welcoming community and those who would use religion as a tool to discriminate.Today, fairness won."

Leading opponents of passage were the Christian Family Coalition and the Florida Democratic League.

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