Great News In Leesburg!

On May 26th, 2015, the Leesburg county commissioners voted to pass an ordinance protecting LGBT resident from discrimination. 

Leesburg is now the 29th municipality in Florida to pass such a measure. You can see the list below. 

The Daily Commercial has more details from the meeting: 

[The commisioners] passed a 3-2 vote Tuesday night for an ordinance that outlaws discrimination in public places and the workplace on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or handicap.

The city became the first in Lake County to pass the ordinance that was first proposed by Commissioner Dan Robuck III that would make it illegal to fire a person for his or her sexual orientation or refuse to serve gay people in restaurants.

“We have been elected to the position of power and with the authority comes the responsibility to do the right thing for our constituents,” Robuck said.

“We are doing this because we are proactive,” said Mayor Elise Dennison. “Leesburg is a welcoming place. Leesburg welcomes all … All persons are created equal and this is in our Constitution.”

Robuck and Dennison were joined by Commissioner Bob Bone in voting in favor of the ordinance…

Several Leesburg residents told personal stories of the discrimination they have faced because of their race or sexual orientation.

Human Rights Ordinances in Florida Municipalities
1. Alachua County
2. Broward County
3. City of Gulfport
4. City of Gainesville
5. City of Key West
6. City Of Lake Worth
7. City of Largo
8. City of Leesburg
9. Leon County
10. City of Miami
11. City of Miami Beach
12. Miami Dade County
13. Monroe County
14. Orange County
15. City of Orlando
16. City of Oakland Park
17. Palm Beach County
18. City of Sarasota
19. City of Tampa
20. Village of Tequesta
21. Volusia County
22. City of Venice
23. City of West Palm Beach
24. City of Wilton Manors
25. Pinellas County
26. City of Dunedin
27. City of St. Augustine
28. City of Atlantic Beach
29. Hillsborough County