(Jacksonville, FL)—The Jacksonville Coalition for Equality (JCE) reached a milestone today as the 600th business signed on in support of Jacksonville’s Human Rights Ordinance. The ordinance would update the city’s existing non-discrimination laws to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.
“Businesses and nonprofit organizations are joining with us at a faster pace than we have ever experienced before—more than 100 small and large companies & organizations have signed our pledge of support since the middle of June,” said Dan Merkan, Chairman of the Jacksonville Coalition for Equality. “It gratifying to see all of these businesses, along with a growing coalition of more than 140 faith leaders, Democrats, Republicans, LGBT people and allies, unite behind the core belief that our city is stronger when our laws ensure that everyone is protected from discrimination.”
The Jacksonville Human Rights Ordinance would make it illegal to deny anyone employment, housing or public services based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Recent additions to the growing list of businesses publically supporting passage of an updated HRO include Moxie, Holland & Knight, Yoga for Change, among others. “Treating everyone with dignity and respect is the way we improve our city. These businesses—and all of the businesses on our list—support this effort because they want the world to know that Jacksonville is a great place to do business, and that it’s a city where everyone is treated equally, “ said Merkan.
As part of its efforts to mobilize and inform a greater number of people, JCE has launched an improved website, the organization’s latest signal that it’s serious about making history this year. “We won’t leave a stone unturned in our campaign to pass this ordinance. But we can’t do this without other major companies standing with us,” Merkan said.
The new website and complete list of supporting businesses can be found at http://jaxequality.org. Businesses, nonprofits and individuals can learn how they can be a part of the campaign to pass comprehensive LGBT protections in Jacksonville.