City leaders in Atlantic Beach voted to support a bill that bans workplace discrimination against gays.
On Monday, Atlantic Beach commissioners voted in support of a resolution for the Florida Competitive Workforce Act. It bans the discrimination against members of the LGBT at work based on sexual orientation and gender identification.
"It's certainly a positive step in the right direction."
Commissioner Maria Mark says the resolution speaks volumes about Atlantic Beach. She believes residents would also support the bill.
"There is a majority of the Atlantic Beach residents who would support this kind of legislation."
This is the first vote ever by a city in Duval County to affirm the rights of the LGBT community.
Commissioner Maria Mark tells WOKV she hopes other cities will pass a similar resolution. She also says if the statewide bill doesn't get approved in Tallahassee, city leaders are currently working on a human rights ordinance specifically for Atlantic Beach.