In an 8-3 vote Tuesday night, the Miami-Dade County board of commissioners passed an ordinance to prohibit discrimination based on a person’s gender identity in housing, employment, and public accommodations.
But the commisisoners’ decision was not without objection — nor did they reach it quickly.
Critics came in droves, packing seats at Miami-Dade County Hall and waiting for hours to testify against the ordinance. More than 130 signed up to speak. Pastors, parents, teens, and seniors expressed particular concern that the measure would grant sexual predators a carte blanche to prowl women’s bathrooms.
“There are cases of the deviants who will take advantage of this,” said Commissioner Esteban Bovo, who represents suburban Miami. He would only support the ordinance if it carved out an exception so it did not apply to transgender people using public bathrooms. “We have to be mindful of a segment of the population, who is probably a majority, who is very concerned with this issue,” he said. “It is a concern for the safety of their family.”
But in the end, a majority of the commission rejected a bathroom amendment and sided with supporters of the ordinance, who characterized the measure as a basic civil right.I have some news for the opponents of this measure. Homosexuals are already using the same restrooms as your children. There is almost never an issue because we're just going to take a piss. One of the best things about gay bars is that you can simply use the restroom with the shortest line. Ladies, this is a big advantage for you!
Over 50% of Florida's LGBT citizens are now protected from discrimination.