Miami-Dade County set to vote on transgender rights ordinance

Miami, Fla.

Miami, Fla.

Update: Amendment to ordinance approved by a vote of 8-3. More here

MIAMI — The Miami-Dade County Commission is set to vote on an ordinance that would ban discrimination against transgender men and women.

Miami, Fla.

Miami, Fla.

The commission is expected to vote Tuesday on the measure that would expand the county’s law that prohibits discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations to include transgender individuals.

It already bans discrimination based on gender, religion, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation.

The Miami Herald reports that the county would be the 21st Florida municipality to enact such a measure if it passes.

Opponents say if people can determine their own gender it will make it easier for sex offenders to commit attacks in public restrooms.

Supporters call the opponents’ bathroom argument a red herring, saying the ordinance would not change which bathroom people are allowed to use.

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