Democratic Lawmaker Says Florida Gov. Scott Used Zika, Hurricane as Excuses to Not Sign Promised LGBT Protections

June 21, 2017

Activists Say Rick Scott Promised an Executive Order After Pulse. It's Been a Year, but No Action.

A Democratic state lawmaker is blasting Florida's Republican governor, Rick Scott, for what he says is a "broken promise" to enact protections for the LGBT community. State Rep. Carlos Guillermo-Smith, who formerly worked as a governmental affairs manager for the LGBT civil rights group Equality Florida, says after the terror attack on Orlando's Pulse the governor promised to protect LGBT people. Now, Rep. Guillermo-Smith says the governor has reneged on the promise of a nondiscrimination order, while his office offered multiple excuses for not taking action to protect LGBT people – including the Zika outbreak.

“We were given every indication by the Governor’s Office that they would get this done,” Guillermo-Smith told WFTV. “After weeks and months and months of delays, we realized this had now become a broken promise.”

Read the full blog here: http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/davidbadash/democratic_lawmaker_says_florida_gov_scott_used_zika_as_excuse_to_not_sign_promised_lgbt_protections

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