The Catholic Law Students Association at the University of Miami (UM) School of Law has spoken out in support of protecting LGBT Floridians from discrimination. The association recently wrote a letter to Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla (R-Miami), a UM Law alumnus, to voice the organization’s support for the Competitive Workforce Act and request the state senator to do the same. In the letter signed by co-presidents Thomas E. Hospod and Robert F. Riley, they state, “The current lack of anti-discrimination protections for the LGBT people in Florida has the effect of relegating these individuals to second class citizenship.”
“As Christians, failing to act here would run contrary to the most sincere and crucial tenet of our faith – treating others with the essential human dignity that they inherently deserve, regardless of who they are. We are supporting this legislation because we believe and know that it is the right thing to do,” continued Hospod and Riley in the letter.
With the December 2014 passage of a Human Rights Ordinance, Miami-Dade County became the 28th municipality in Florida to offer fully inclusive protections. As a result, more than half of Floridians live in areas that offer protections for the LGBT community. However, it leaves inconsistencies for employers across the state as well as hundreds of thousands Floridians vulnerable to discrimination. A coalition of some of the state’s top employers, Florida Businesses for a Competitive Workforce, believes that passing these protections statewide is a sound business strategy and will draw the best and the brightest workforce to our state.