FLORIDA: Hillsborough County Repeals Seven Year-Old Ban Of Pride Recognition
unanimously repealed a seven year-old ban on the recognition of gay pride events. The vote was spurred by openly gay County Commissioner Kevin Beckner (above).
The decision was met with applause and a standing ovation from supporters in the audience at County Center. Earlier Wednesday, the speakers included Terry Kemple, head of the Hillsborough-based Community Issues Council. Prior to the vote, he spent time rallying opposition to what he called Commissioner Kevin Beckner's "crusade to push for county government recognition of homosexual behavior." Before Wednesday's vote, no other group of residents had its activities similarly deemed unrecognizable by county government. A supermajority of at least five of the seven commissioners was needed to undo the ban. Prior to the decision, Commissioner Les Miller called on his colleagues to end the ban."It's is time to repeal this ugly ordinance that hangs over the head of this county," he said.Hillsborough County has a population of 1.2M and its largest city is Tampa. (Tipped by JMG reader Dennis)