Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday announced her support for Florida’s Competitive Workforce Act, which would ban LGBT discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations.
“LGBT Floridians deserve to live their lives free from discrimination — and establishing comprehensive nondiscrimination protections would be a critical step forward for both Florida and the nation,” Clinton said in a statement to the Miami Herald. “I’m heartened to see the business community working hand in hand with both Republicans and Democrats to turn words into action. This is a win-win for both Florida families and the state’s economy. As president, I will fight for full federal equality for LGBT Americans and ensure protections like these become the law of the land nationwide.”
Clinton, who is campaigning in New Hampshire, released the statement hours before SB 120 is scheduled to be heard by the Florida Senate Judiciary Committee.
Major companies including AT&T, Darden, Marriott, Office Depot and Wells Fargo support the anti-discrimination measure, which would still need approval of three additional Senate committees. A companion House bill still hasn’t been scheduled for a hearing.