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The Lake Worth City Commission passed a resolution, 4-0, Tuesday night urging all members of the Florida legislature to support the Florida Inclusive Workforce Act.

FIWA would protect the LGBT community from workplace discrimination by adding sexual orientation and gender identity to Florida’s Civil Rights Act. 

“We stand strongly behind the [LGBT] community 

We embrace all people,” said Andy Amoroso, the gay Vice Mayor of Lake Worth. “We need to support every bill going forward that can protect our rights.”

The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council applauded the city’s efforts. 

 “We can always rely on the Lake Worth City Commission to do anything they can to move LGBT equality forward,” said Rand Hoch, president and founder of the PBCHRC. 

 The Chair of the Republican Party of Florida, State Senator Joe Gruters (R-Sarasota), introduced the bill giving LGBT activists hope it would have a chance at passing. 

Opponents of the bill include the anti-LGBT organization, the Florida Family Policy Council, as well as Equality Florida, the statewide LGBT rights group. 

The FFPC believes, if passed, it would infringe upon Christians’ religious freedom. Meanwhile Equality Florida believes the bill does not far enough since it only covers workplace discrimination. The bill does not include housing and public accommodations.   

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