73% of Floridians Support Ban on Anti-Gay Discrimination


73% of Floridians Support Ban on Anti-Gay Discrimination

Public Supports Competitive Workforce Act banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, according to a new University of Florida poll.


The poll conducted by the Bob Graham Center for Public Service in collaboration with the UF Bureau of Economic and Business Research found that 73 percent of respondents support theCompetitive Workforce Act while only 24 percent oppose it.


Introduced by State Rep. Joe Saunders, D-Orlando and State Rep Holly Raschein, R-Key West, the bill has strong bipartisan support including five Republican co-sponsors. The Senate companion is sponsored by State Sen. Joseph Abruzzo, D-Wellington. The legislation would update the state’s civil rights code to include protections against discrimination for reasons of sexual orientation and gender identity. 


“The poll confirms the strong support we've seen for this common sense measure that reflects the values of equality and fairness that Floridians share,” said Nadine Smith, executive director of Equality Florida. “Support continues to grow and while 73% of Floridians know it is the right thing to do and our business leaders have been delivering the message that it’s the economically smart thing to do in a state that needs draw and retain the best and brightest workforce.”


Many Florida communities have passed strong local anti-discrimination policies, however state law currently fails to protect Floridians against sexual orientation and gender identity workplace discrimination. 


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