The Vote Over. City Council Ordinance 2012-296

    Before I call it a day, and a day it has been - I wanted to make sure that I share with you the results of this fight for freedom.........The article below was just received from the Florida Family Policy Council.  I shall thank them for this information, for all that they have done to help make my job easier and to help the citizens of Jacksonville during this long process.

August 15, 2012








(Jacksonville, FL) Tonight, the Jacksonville City Council overwhelmingly rejected the controversial proposed 2012-296 “non-discrimination” ordinance. 296 created a new protected class and special rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and persons of any “gender identity or expression.”  If passed, the measure would have created a cause of action for money damages against private citizens by gay identified and other persons who subjectively felt they were being treated unfairly in workplace, housing and public accommodations.


Ordinance 2012-296 was amended with a substitute bill that removed the gender identity and expression provisions but left in the sexual orientation language. That bill was defeated by a vote of 10-9. Then the original bill was overwhelmingly rejected by a stunning vote of 17-2. 


The Florida Family Policy Council marshalled tens of thousands of emails and phone calls to the Councilmen offices. The FFPC also launched radio ads, automated calls, and media interviews, created coalitions and organized church leaders to education and influence the City Council. John Stemberger, President and General Counsel of the FFPC, was in the trenches in Jacksonville several times, personally testifying before the City Council and helping concerned citizens organize against 296. 

 Stemberger released the following statement regarding the defeat of 296:

 “This is an extraordinary victory for the people of Jacksonville who rose up and made it clear they were not going to allow some secret council of elite powerbrokers or activists from outside Jacksonville to force extreme policies upon them. I could not be more proud of the local residents who worked so hard to create a citywide movement to defeat this disaster of an ordinance.  I believe we are seeing the tables start to turn on “gay rights” issues when Americans see how really extreme these left-wing activists are. These are not just people who have a same sex attraction and want to be left alone to freely define themselves. This is a radical group of political operatives who want to force their aberrant views on human sexuality upon the rest of society by the mandate and penalty of law. Between the Chick-fil-A backlash, the recent outing of the new “pan-gendered” legislator in Texas, the plummeting of JC Penny stocks after they started displaying ads with openly gay men on Father’s day, Home Depot parading explicit sexual conduct in front of children, and now the major defeat of 296 in Florida’s largest and most progressive city, I believe people waking up to the truth that this is not about discrimination or fairness but about an intolerance and utter disrespect for the rights of others, namely Christians and those who believe in traditional family values. 


                                               The vote count was as follows:


First Vote on Amended Substitute Bill:

9 Voted For:
Anderson, Bishop, Boyer, Clark, Crescimbeni, Jones, Joost, Lee & Love (9)

10 Voted Against:
Brown, Carter, Daniels, Gaffney, Gulliford, Holt, Lumb, Redman, Schellenberg & Yarborough (10)


Second Vote on Original Bill
2 Voted For the bill in its original form after substitute failed:
Jones & Lee

17 Voted Against the Original Bill:
Anderson, Bishop, Boyer, Brown, Carter, Clark, Crescimbeni, Daniels, Gaffney, Gulliford, Holt, Joost, Love, Lumb, Redman, Schellenberg, Yarborough (17)


The Jacksonville Times Union story also gives a detailed breakdown of the votes and how each councilman came down on the matter:

I thank all of you who took the time to make phone calls, send letters and show up at city council meetings. This is the first of many battles that we will face in the future. We must never take our eyes off those we elect to office at the city, state or federal level.

Thank you, God Bless YOU and God Bless our America!!  Leanne

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Comment by Helen on August 16, 2012 at 9:30pm

Next will come the lawsuits which will cost the citizens millions and millions of dollars.....

Comment by Susan Lamb on August 16, 2012 at 6:42pm

Good work! Now, we must be ever-so vigilant for a stealth attack from the other side. They've already said they'll be back. Bank on it. They tried to sneak this one under the radar but were exposed. For now, we can rejoice that Jacksonville will remain a family-friendly city.

Comment by Lucien Vaillancourt on August 16, 2012 at 2:57pm

A victory for FREEDOM!

Comment by William H. Barrow on August 16, 2012 at 12:06pm

Praise God. OORAH FCTP"

Comment by Christopher Lee Taylor on August 16, 2012 at 10:58am


Comment by jamie kempinski on August 16, 2012 at 10:39am

I'm so thankful that we've won! I can't tell you how many phone calls and emails I made. But it is nice see something came of it. Thank God. We will see a the tides turning now, hopefully.

Comment by michael gable on August 16, 2012 at 8:40am

Cool.  The problem with such laws is they grant advantages to the groups they are supposedly helping (can you say affirmative action quotas?) and take liberties from others.  Identity politics at its worst.  This ordinance also had "liability lawyers" written all over it.  So, good riddance for now at least.


And BTW, I do think all people should be treated respectfully and that laws like this are unnecessary and irrelevant.

Comment by J. Lo on August 16, 2012 at 7:22am

Tyranny by the elite and the few has been averted for now.

Congrats to all those who fought the fight!

Thanks, Leanne

Comment by Jim Davis on August 16, 2012 at 6:47am

As a life-long conservative Republican (Reagan style) I was disappointed that more Republicans voted for the Jim Love bill than Democrats. Councilman Yarborough said on the floor that he'd been offered a bribe to vote for the bill. This explains why second tier Republicans would vote against their Party principles and for a bill that added four new layers to the equal rights law.

Comment by YVONNE & MICHAEL APPELL on August 16, 2012 at 6:44am

Wonderful news...

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