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By Frank Torres
On Thursday night, in a show of solidarity with the communities they serve and the 49 victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting, a group of over 20 Republican leaders from Central Florida signed a resolution pledging to support efforts to pass legislation banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identification.
The presentation took place at the Orange County Republican Executive Committee Lincoln Day Dinner, and was lead by Mayor Teresa Jacobs. There were 49 roses placed in front of the podium to remember the victims of the Pulse attack, almost all who were members of the Hispanic and LGBTQ communities.
The resolution supports the creation laws and ordinances that promote fairness by banning anti-gay and gender based discrimination and reads “Now, Therefore, we the undersign do hereby Resolve that all Americans should be treated with equality, dignity and respect, and support efforts of Florida Businesses and individuals to pass legislation banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identification”.
“These are what I like to think are the new generation of Republicans.” said Mayor Jacobs “What we grieved over a few weeks ago wasn’t a loss of gay people or Hispanic people, it was a loss of human beings. Human beings regardless of where they come from or who they love, had dreams and aspirations just like you and I.”
The Republican elected officials to sign the pledge included:
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs
Congressman John Mica
Orange County Commissioner Scott Boyd
Orange County Commissioner Pete Clarke
Orange County Commissioner Ted Edwards
Orange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson
Orange County Commissioner Jennifer Thompson
Orange County Republican Executive Committee Chairman Lew Oliver
State Representative Mike Miller
State Representative Rene Plasencia
Orange County School Board Chairman Bill Sublette
Orange County School Board member Christine Moore
Orlando Commissioner Jim Gray
Orlando Commissioner Tony Ortiz
Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn
Winter Park Mayor Steve Leary
Maitland Mayor Dale McDonald
Edgewood Mayor Ray Bagshaw
Belle Isle Mayor Lydia Pisano
Oakland Mayor Kathy Stark
Edgewood City Council President John Dowless