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Jacksonville City Council Approves Expanded Human Rights Protections; Mayor Will Sign

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The Jacksonville City Council voted 15 to 4 Tuesday to expand the city’s human rights protections.

The legislation adds protections banning discrimination based on a person’s gender identity and sexual orientation. 

The no votes were Danny Becton, Sam Newby, Randy White and Al Ferraro.

The measure exempts religious institutions and some small businesses. 

A similar bill was enacted in 2017 but was thrown out in court this year on a language technicality. 

Mayor Lenny Curry has already said he will sign the bill. 

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