Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Point of View; HRO: Bad Solution to No Problem

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Point of View; HRO: Bad Solution to No Problem

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Byline: Nancy Peek McGowan

I am deeply troubled the Jacksonville City Council passed the Human Rights Ordinance.

The recently passed legislation by the City Council ignored the desire of the overwhelming majority of voters in Jacksonville who want to weigh in by way of a citywide referendum.

The council plowed ahead, led by decades-old politicians like Tommy Hazouri, ignoring the wishes of the constituents they were elected to represent.

The legislation was marketed under the specious argument of "discrimination," instead of the actual reason, the implementation of societal engineering with legal authority aimed directly at traditional family values held in Jacksonville and Northeast Florida.

It was passed by 12 men and women on the council who were heavily lobbied and strong-armed but cannot possibly represent the approximately 850,000 people who live in this city.

The national human rights movement is progressive.

MARRIAGE UNDERMINED

One of their intended goals is to redefine and undermine the definition of marriage and the family that has existed since the beginning of civilization.

Through legislation they seek to place a societal imprimatur on behavior unacceptable to the overwhelming majority of voters, not only in our city but nationwide.

Feb. 14, 2017 will be remembered as the day the Jacksonville community fell to left-wing activism, teamed with lobbyists and corporate elites in deference to the will of the citizens in our community.

Feb. 22, 2017 will be remembered as the day hundreds of citizens of Jacksonville protested the ordinance which will irresponsibly put women and children in harm's way and also strip them of constitutional rights accorded them in the First Amendment.

Our family has lived in Jacksonville over 100 years, and the Human Rights Ordinance is the most egregious legislation I have ever read come out of any council. …

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