Citizens Hope to Challenge Gender Identity Ordinance
Gainesville City Commissioners passed it back in January, but now one grassroots organization wants the gender identity ordinance to come before city voters next spring.
A group of concerned Gainesville residents have formed the 'Citizens For Good Public Policy' organization in hopes of amending the ordinance, but another group called 'Equality Is Gainesville's Business' are trying to prevent that from happening.
Among other rights, the ordinance allows transgendered people - who are physically one sex but identify their inner self as another - the right to chose which public restroom they use.
If the amendment makes the ballot, Gainesville residents would vote if the city has to change the ordinance to comply with a more restrictive state law.
"Why would we create an ordinance that allows a man to go into a setting where a woman is partially undressed, or a young female child who is partially undressed. it makes no sense," said Cain Davis from the 'Citizens for Good Public Policy.'
But City Commissioner Craig Lowe - who supports the current wording of the ordinance - says the leaders of the 'Citizens for Good Public Policy' are just spreading fear.
"A referendum, an attempt that is attempting to instill un-based fear for the purpose of promoting intolerance is not consistent with the Gainesville we know," said Lowe.
'The Citizens for Good Public Policy' needs to collect 5,581 petition signatures to get the ordinance on the ballot.
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