Our campaign just surpassed another major milestone: More than 600 businesses have officially signed on to Jacksonville Coalition for Equality—the growing coalition of businesses, large and small, that are standing together to urge the City Council to update the city’s Human Rights Ordinance protecting LGBT people from discrimination.
Companies enlisted in the coalition represent some of Jacksonville’s largest employers and leading business voices—including Bank of America, Wells Fargo and the Jax Chamber. Recent additions to the growing list of businesses publicly supporting passage of an updated HRO include Moxie, Holland & Knight, Yoga for Change, among others.
These companies are united under the core belief that our city is stronger when everyone is protected from discrimination. For Jacksonville to attract the top talent and new industry we need to for our economy to thrive and compete in the global economy, members of the City Council must act to modernize our city’s laws to send a clear message that Jacksonville is open for business to everyone.
Dan Merkan, Chairman of Jacksonville Coalition for Equality, praised the growing number of businesses signing on to the coalition—saying that the growing momentum is a clear sign that the City Council must act without delay:
“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. 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.”
We’re proud—and incredibly grateful—to businesses across our city for their unwavering support of a Jacksonville in which all residents are protected under the law. When business voices speak in a unified voice about the future of Jacksonville, our local lawmakers should heed their call for passage of the #JaxHRO.