After a Defeat in Houston, the Fight for Gay Rights Shifts to Jacksonville
“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” Romans 1:26,27 (KJV)
EDITOR’S NOTE: The rallying cry of the LGBT Mafia is “All Love Is Love“, so let me tell you where that type of thinking leads. In Europe, they are experiencing a huge rise in beastiality, why? Because, if “all love is love”, then who are you to say that doesn’t apply to someone who does that? Once you go down the “all love is love” rabbit hole, there is no end to it. At this very moment, LGBT leaders are making moves to have pedophilia declared a legally-protected sexual orientation. It starts with men with men, but it ends with children and animals. Just wait…
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The first major gay rights showdown since Houston’s rancorous vote to repeal its anti-discrimination ordinance is shaping up here in Jacksonville, the largest city in the nation whose leaders have never enacted civil rights protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
Like Houston, Jacksonville is a growing Southern city where religion plays a powerful role in public life. And, as in Houston, the battle here pits a well-organized coalition of gays and business forces against energized Christian conservatives who raise issues of religious freedom and the specter of male predators in women’s bathrooms. One major difference: In Houston, voters this month rolled back an existing ordinance; in Jacksonville, for now, the issue is before elected officials.
Gay rights groups have poured tens of thousands of dollars into an aggressive effort to persuade the City Council to expand its existing Human Rights Ordinance, and to elect candidates who favor doing so.
For advocates, Jacksonville is a chance to regain momentum on the path to an ultimate goal: winning sweeping legal protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people by amending the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
2014 River City LGBT Pride Parade Jacksonville, FL
For Christian conservatives, wounded from repeated losses in the courts culminating in the Supreme Court’s decision in June to make same-sex marriage legal nationwide, it is a chance to show that Houston was not an isolated victory.
Hundreds of people, many wearing bright orange stickers bearing the sunburst logo of the Jacksonville Coalition for Equality, a gay rights group, turned out this month for the first of three “community conversations” that Mayor Lenny Curry is convening on the so-called H.R.O. The expanded ordinance is not yet written but is expected to go before the City Council early next year.
Inside a standing-room-only hall, where a five-member panel took questions from a moderator and then the audience, the ripple effects of Houston — where opponents’ rallying cry was “No Men in Women’s Bathrooms” — were clear.
“It’s a fact of life that predators attack women and children in bathrooms; it happens everywhere,” said one panelist, Roger Gannam, a lawyer and former Jacksonville resident who represents Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. He drew jeers when he said an anti-discrimination law “will make that easier” by allowing male criminals to pose as transgender.
Currently, more than 200 cities and 17 states have ordinances barring discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, with no evidence of any increase in crime, proponents say.
The push here fits into a broader agenda for the national gay rights movement, which is now focused on ending discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations. A new group, Freedom for All Americans, is trying to change laws in the states, with the ultimate goal of winning federal protections, a strategy that worked in the fight for same-sex marriage.
“We need to create a tipping point,” Matt McTighe, the group’s executive director, said. He expects legislatures in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania to consider measures next year. source