Is Jacksonville ready for a broadened Human Rights Ordinance?

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Written by: Meredith Rutland

A long-standing controversy about whether Jacksonville should alter its non-discrimination laws to include sexualorientation and gender is bound to be a contentious subject in this spring’s mayoral and City Council elections.

In 2012, the Jacksonville City Council voted against adding “sexual orientation, gender identity or expression” to the list of protected classes.The issue is expected to come up again in the City Council within the next year.

Ahead of that inevitable debate, OneJax Institute will hold a panel session to discuss issues relating to Jacksonville’s Human Rights Ordinance. The panel session, titled “Human Rights Ordinance: Does Jacksonville Need It?,” will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the University of North Florida’s Lazzara Performance Hall. The event and parking are free.

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