Monday, March 30, 2009

Charter 1 Rejection: Twentysomethings More Tolerant

Gainesville voters rejected the charter 1 amendment. What was surprising is charter 1 was voted down 58 percent to 42 percent. The amendment only served to strip the civil rights of gay, lesbian and transgender people.

The wording of charter 1:

Shall the City Charter Be Amended to prohibit the adoption or enforcement of ordinances, regulations, rules, or policies that provide protected status, preferences, or discrimination claims based on classification, characteristics, or orientations not recognized by the Florida Civil Rights Act? The act recognizes, race, color, creed, religion, gender, national origin, age, handicap, marital and familial status. Additionally, this amendment voids existing ordinances concerning sexual orientation, gender identity, and other ordinances inconsistent with this amendment.

The Associated Press reports a high voter turnout of University of Florida students. UF political science professor Dan Smith credits the turnout to the "Obama experience." Social trend among young people is more tolerant for gay people. My question is who will the GOP have eft to demonize twenty years from now?

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