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More Than 100 Jacksonville Clergy Support LGBT Anti-Discrimination Bill

Beatrice Sanchez

Jacksonville clergy spoke out in favor of expanding Jacksonville’s anti-discrimination ordinance to protect LGBT residents on Monday. 

Jacksonville Baptist Rev. Torin Dailey is one of more than 100 religious leaders who support a bill that will be introduced Tuesday in City Council

Dailey says his support for the bill comes from his religion.

“We have a deep and abiding obligation, responsibility to love and respect others,” he says. “Indeed not treating others respectfully or as we would want to be treated ourselves is seen as moral failure by all faith traditions.”

United Church of Christ pastor Linda Girouex also spoke in support of passing the anti-discrimination bill.

“We need to have equal rights for everybody in our city,” she says. “We don’t need to discriminate. People need to be able to find a job, a place to live, and they need to be able to enjoy our city with all of the things it has to offer.

Girouex says she’s personally invested in fighting for her and her wife’s rights.

She rejects the assertion that discrimination is not a problem in Jacksonville, seeing as how there isn’t a system for making grievances.

If passed, the bill would prevent discriminating against people on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity of expression at work, in housing, or public places.

Another competing billwould have voters decide the issue instead of allowing City Council to vote on it. 

Beatrice Sanchez is a senior at the University of North Florida. She will graduate this year with a bachelor's degree in communication with a concentration on media production. Originally from Manila, Philippines, she moved to Jacksonville four years ago to finish school. She spends most of her time at school or work, and if she ever does get free time, she enjoys watching re-runs of "Grey's Anatomy" or taking pictures of surfers out at the beach.
Farryn James is a senior at the University of North Florida majoring in communications with a concentration in multimedia journalism. Born and raised in Jacksonville, Farryn returned to school after five years working in the Jacksonville Public Library system.