This just in from our friends at SAVE DADE:
Miami Beach, October 14, 2009 - The City of Miami Beach today unanimously passed the first reading of a Human Rights Ordinance revision designed to strengthen and improve its original Human Rights Ordinance, first passed in 1992.
While the City of Miami Beach was the very first in South Florida to adopt such an Ordinance 17 years ago, other municipalities have passed even stronger and better laws in the intervening years. Therefore, SAVE Dade has worked in collaboration with Commissioner Victor Diaz and the City Attorney's office to draft revisions that mirror the language in the proposed Florida Civil Rights Bill.
More after the jump...
"We are very pleased by the unanimous vote on the first reading of this revised ordinance," said CJ Ortuno, Executive Director of SAVE Dade. "This action once again affirms the City of Miami Beach's commitment to equality for all people especially those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender."
The reading of the new, stronger Ordinance, sponsored by Commissioner Victor Diaz and seconded by Commissioner Ed Tobin, was passed unanimously, 7-0. The second reading of the new ordinance will be held on December 9, 2009.
"I am grateful to my colleagues on the Miami Beach City Commission and to SAVE Dade for their support of this important revision and strengthening of the rights of the GLBT community in our community. It is my aspiration that this strengthened legislation will spread to other communities in Florida and ultimately to the state level as we continue our struggle to attain recognition of our basic civil rights," stated Commissioner Diaz.
Great news! We'll have more as this moves forward!