Last Thursday, the Volusia County Council voted 6 to 1 to expand their anti-discrimination policy to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Volusia is home to Daytona Beach, Nascar's Daytona 500 and the world famous Bike Week.
With this victory, Volusia becomes the third county in Central or North Florida to have a fully inclusive policy prohibiting discrimination against the LGBT community, joining Leon and Orange Counties.
Equality Florida has been working closely with our local partners in this year-long effort to provide these meaningful anti-discrimination protections.
Immediately following the victory, Volusia Equality Chair and Equality Florida member Larry Glinzman had this to say:
"We did it. Special thanks to all the good people who worked so hard to make it happen. Josh Wagner - our guiding light, EVERYONE from the Mosaic UU in Orange City, Pastor Bud Murphy from the UU in Ormond Beach, George and Davie Griffin from the ACLU, Stonewall Democrats of Volusia and Flagler, Joe Saunders and all from Equality Florida, The Daytona Guild, One Daytona, One Church Family, the Volusia County Council and staff and everyone else who played a part in making it happen."