(03/11/14) - The Bay County Board of Commissioners has voted down on an ordinance that would have made it illegal to fire county employees based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
There is lot of emotion on both sides of the debate, but ultimately, the commission voted down the LGBT ordinance, 4-3.
This ordinance would have protected lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender county employees from discrimination from their employer. It would not have impacted private businesses.
It would have also banned the county from dealing with discriminatory contractors, with exemptions for religious group.
We've heard passionate debate from supporters and opponents - supporters want to see the county move forward and protect this group of people. There is no state law protecting the LGBT community from being fired.
Opponents say they don't want to see a group get special rights. Many had religious reasons for opposing the ordinance.
If Bay County had passed this ordinance, they would be the first county in the state to do so.
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