Once again, Daniel has another fantastic column on the embarrassment that is the Largo City Commission. You can read the full 17 March article on my Tribune Archive page.
There is certainly plenty of Florida and national precedence that it’s illegal to discriminate against someone and fire them for the sole reason that they chose to have a sex change. Daniel is exactly correct, it will be a Ca-Ching payday for Stanton if the idiots elected to the Largo City Commission haven’t done their research regarding discrimination laws.
I’ll be thoroughly surprised if they “do the right thing” and go back on their threat to fire a man despite 14 years of outstanding service to the city. I really hope they do dig their heels in and continue to side with the far right bigots who are behind this embarrassment. This way Stanton can sue the city for boat loads of money and then the city can raise the taxes of the people they are supposedly representing so they can pay the court settlement that will inevitably follow.
The Largo City Commission was more concerned about offending the religious right when they made their initial decision. Hopefully they have heard the nationwide uproar from the majority of the country who does not support discrimination. If they go through with this, what’s next? Will they fire someone for not supporting the war in Iraq? Will they not hire someone because they have a Vote Democrat sticker on their car bumper?
Like it or not, believe it or not, the far right who think Fox News is actually “fair and balanced” are behind this. They need to learn that discrimination will not be tolerated based on a person’s sexual orientation or preference. And it’s NOT in the bible so stop using that argument.