Destin Florida’s mayor says she’s “outraged” by Florida’s homophobic anti-discrimination law that requires businesses to offer “equal treatment” for gay and lesbian patrons.
In a letter to Gov.
Rick Scott, Palm Beach County Commissioner of Human Rights Debbie Daugherty wrote that she is “outrageous” that the law would allow businesses to discriminate against customers based on their sexual orientation.
Daugher says she believes businesses should offer equal treatment to customers based upon their sexual identity.
Daugerdas letter says the bill, which has been passed by the state Senate and Assembly, is “a direct attack on LGBT people and their families and communities.”
Daughers letter said it is “unconstitutional to deny equal treatment based on sexual orientation.”
Florida has passed similar laws before.
Last year, the Orlando Sentinel reported that “discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity is prohibited by state law, including in the workplace and in hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, sports stadiums, and any other public venue.”
The Orlando Sentinel also reported that the bill “gives gay and transgender people a legal right to be treated equally by public accommodations,” and the measure “does not protect people from discrimination based on race, religion, color, ancestry, sex, national origin, disability, or genetic information.”
A few weeks ago, the Human Rights Campaign sent out a press release criticizing the law.
In the release, the organization said: “This bill is about discriminating against LGBT people.
It is a direct attack to LGBT people.”
The HRC released a statement saying, “Florida’s anti-LGBTQ anti-bullying law is hurting businesses and consumers by making it difficult for LGBT people to get a fair and honest review of a business.”
The Florida Attorney General has said he is “aware of numerous businesses that have taken advantage of the law to refuse service to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender customers,” and “there are several businesses that are actively discriminating against gay and LGBT customers.”
Scott said he has directed his office to “ensure we are in compliance with federal civil rights law,” and will “study the law closely to determine if it is constitutional.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.