Palm Bay, FL Protects Religious Freedom, Rejects LGBT Ordinance

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At 1:30 AM this morning, the Mayor and City Council of Palm Bay voted 4-1 to reject a proposed ordinance that would have added “sexual orientation,” “gender identity” and “gender expression” to its non-discrimination policy that applies to employment and public accommodations, including churches, religious organizations and businesses. Liberty Counsel provided a letter analyzing and detailing the clear danger and far-reaching consequences this ordinance posed to the Palm Bay community. The hearing lasted for 6½ hours and had more than 80 speakers, including pastors representing a wide variety of churches, individuals and community leaders, along with about 1,000 people in the chamber, in the hall, and in an overflow room. There was overwhelming opposition to the ordinance. Continue reading