LGBTQ activists say Rick Scott promised to ban discrimination and never delivered

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In the wake of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando last year, Gov. Rick Scott’s staff told LGBTQ rights activists in backroom meetings that he would sign an executive order banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in state hiring and contracting.

One year later, it’s a promise Scott hasn’t kept, says state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, an Orlando Democrat and former lobbyist for Equality Florida, which advocates on behalf of Florida’s LGBTQ community.

“He promised, and his office gave us every indication that this was going to happen,” Smith told the Times/Herald this week. “At this point, it’s a broken promise.”

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