Faith leaders call on Gov. Rick Scott to honor Pulse victims with executive order

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Central Florida’s faith leaders called on Gov. Rick Scott on Monday to honor a pledge his aides reportedly made in the weeks after the Pulse massacre to protect LGBT state employees from discrimination.

“Gov. Scott came to Orlando two days after the Pulse massacre to offer his support of our community,” said the Rev. Terri Steed Pierce of Orlando’s Joy Metropolitan Community Church, a congregation that welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender worshippers. “He came to this very place, sat in this very room … and was kind and sympathetic. He agreed to do what he could to help us heal.”

Though Pierce said Scott made no specific promises to her, a month later the governor’s staff met with leaders of Equality Florida, the state’s LGBT civil-rights organization. Equality Florida representatives asked two of the governor’s top aides specifically for an executive order banning such discrimination toward state employees and by companies that contract with the state.

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