Florida Bill Introduced to Allow Discrimination Against LGBT People in Public Places

October 21, 2015 • 7:13 pm

Hospitals, adoption agencies, businesses, and individuals could deny services based on religious beliefs

TALLAHASSEE – Today the Florida House of Representatives introduced HB 401, a bill that would allow businesses, individuals, health care facilities and providers, adoption agencies, and other institutions to discriminate based on their religious beliefs.

Matt McTighe, executive director of Freedom for All Americans, released the following statement:

“HB 401 uses a thinly veiled guise of religion to justify denying services to people in need at hospitals, adoption agencies, and other important institutions that Floridians use every day. It’s cruel to deny any child the opportunity to be welcomed into a loving, supporting family, just because they or a parent might be gay or transgender. It’s wrong to refuse potentially life-saving medical care to a person who has been in an accident simply because they are LGBT. This bill goes too far and would make Florida a worse place for everyone.”

Freedom for All Americans is the bipartisan campaign dedicated to ensuring every gay and transgender American is fully protected from discrimination under the law, no matter where they live. Our work brings together Republicans and Democrats, businesses big and small, people of faith, and allies from all walks of life to make the case for comprehensive nondiscrimination protections that ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally.

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