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Gay Rights Advocates say Gov. Scott broke Promise to Protect LGBTQ Community against Discrimination

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Posted at 1:17 AM, Aug 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-09 21:37:19-04

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Gay rights advocates say Florida Gov. Rick Scott's office broke a commitment to pursue an executive order prohibiting discrimination against LGBTQ state workers and contractors after the massacre at the gay nightclub Pulse.

Those advocates say such an order has become even more important because the U.S. Justice Department has filed court papers in recent weeks saying sexual orientation isn't covered by anti-discrimination provisions.

The Republican governor wouldn't talk about the alleged commitment his staff made when asked by an Associated Press reporter on Tuesday.

But he said federal guidelines protect the gay community and the state follows them.

Some gay state workers say an executive order is important because right now there's too much ambiguity on whether gay state workers and contractors are protected from discrimination.

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