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palm Beach County Commission
strengthens Local Civil rights protections
(PBCHRC) Palm Beach County Commissioners
voted unanimously to expand civil rights protections
for minorities by amending the definition of "places
of public accommodation" in the Palm Beach County
Ordinance for Equal Opportunity to Housing and Places
of Public Accommodation.
"When I looked at the antidiscrimination ordinances
that had been in effect in Palm Beach County over
the years, it became clear that our law needed to be
updated to better protect minorities," said County
Commissioner Mary Lou Berger. "In light of all that is
happening with race relations across our nation, this is
the appropriate time for the County Commission to take
a strong, proactive stand against discrimination."
While a majority of states have long prohibited
discrimination of any kind in retail establishments,
Florida is not one of them.
Palm Beach County first enacted an ordinance
to prohibit discrimination in places of public
accommodation in 1973. Over the years, the ordinance
has been rewritten to include discrimination based
on race, sex, color, religion, national origin, disability,
familial status, sexual orientation, age, marital status,
and gender identity or expression.
However, for more than three decades, instances of
public accommodation discrimination were strictly
limited to only those which occurred in places offering
lodging, food service or entertainment in the ordinance.
At the meeting, the County Commissioners widely
expanded the definition of public accommodation
to include retail stores, schools, day care and senior
centers, medical offices, funeral homes, bakeries,
laundromats and virtually all other places of business
throughout the county.
The new ordinance does take into account the special
rights of churches and private clubs by exempting both
religious and distinctly private organizations from the
Judge grants Jenner's Request to
Legally Change Name, Gender
(AP) A judge has approved Caitlyn Jenner's request to make
her name and gender change official.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Gerald Rosenberg
approved Jenner's petition to legally change her name and
gender during a hearing Friday in Santa Monica, California.
The 65-year-old Olympic gold medalist, who was born
William Bruce Jenner, didn't attend the brief hearing. The
approval means she can now get government documents,
such as a driver's license and Social Security card, under her
Ex-U of Minn. Duluth Coaches
File Discrimination Lawsuit
(AP) Three former University of Minnesota Duluth
coaches, including women's hockey coach Shannon
Miller, filed a discrimination lawsuit against the university
Monday, saying they lost their jobs because they're female
Miller led the Bulldogs to five NCAA national
championships, but UMD officials cited a budget deficit
when they told her last December that they would not
renew her contract. The others plaintiffs include former
women's softball coach Jen Banford, who was also director
of operations for UMD women's hockey under Miller, and
former women's basketball coach Annette Wiles.
Miller and Banford allege in the lawsuit filed in federal
court that the university did not renew their contracts
because they're female, gay and Canadian. Wiles alleges
she was forced out in June because of her gender and sexual
orientation. Miller and Wiles also allege age discrimination.
The lawsuit also accuses the university of unlawfully
retaliating against the women for reporting that other
school employees harassed them because they were
lesbians, and of creating hostile work environment that
made it difficult to do their jobs. It also says the women
were paid less and had smaller budgets than their male
counterparts on the men's hockey, baseball and basketball
UMD Chancellor Lendley Black issued a statement last
week, before the lawsuit was filed, disputing the plaintiffs'
broad claims of discrimination. University officials planned
to issue a statement later Monday.
Putin Calls Elton John, Promises to
Meet With Him
Russian President Vladimir Putin has called British
musician Elton John and agreed to meet with him after
Russian pranksters called him, pretending to be Putin and his
Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian news
agencies on Thursday that Putin called John earlier in the
day and "asked him not to feel offended" by the prank. Putin
promised to meet John as long as the schedule permits and
discuss "any issues that he is concerned about."
Earlier this month, John criticized Russia's law against gay
"propaganda" and comments by Putin suggesting that gay
people prey on children.
Two Russian pranksters last week said they fooled John
into believing that the Russian president had given him a call
with John posting a message on his Instagram, thanking Putin
for calling him.
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