Florida Rep. Jay Fant Withdraws LGBT Discrimination Bill

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A bill which would have allowed businesses to deny services to LGBT people was withdrawn from the Florida House of Representatives this week.

House Bill 871, which Rep. Jay Fant introduced as the “Free Enterprise Protection Act,” was withdrawn from consideration on Mar. 10, according to the Florida House website. The bill was referred to the Careers and Competition Subcommittee, Judiciary Committee and Commerce Committee before being withdrawn.

SFGN reached out to Fant in regards to his bill and whether it means he can serve all Floridians equally, but has not received comment as of publication time.

Fant said to ThinkProgress on Dec. 19 of last year that he wanted to protect businesses from “discriminatory actions,” including tax penalties and exclusion from speech forums. He said he was inspired by the anti-LGBT bakery Masterpiece Cakeshop’s Supreme Court case.

“A government that can compel your speech on a wedding cake, may also compel your speech in other public forums,” Fant tweeted on Dec. 6 2017. “Protecting First Amendment rights is ALWAYS the way to go. If I were AGl, I would file a friend of the court briefing advocating the overturn of the Baker case."

Bill Cotterell of the Tallahassee Democrat wrote the bill would not have a good chance of passing in 2018. According to the House website, the bill had not had any action tracked between being introduced to committee Jan. 9 and being withdrawn in March.

Fant is currently running for Florida’s attorney general position, which is held by Pam Bondi.


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