Gov. Rick Scott's Office Broke Promise To LGBTQs: Lawmaker

Gov. Rick Scott's Office Broke Promise To LGBTQs: Lawmaker Getty Images

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.

Bill Reid, 14, was on Florida's Juno Beach in a walk for autism when he found $1,500 in bills buried in the sand. Instead of keeping the money, the teen decided to do the right thing.

(Published Thursday, April 19, 2018)

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.