Thursday, June 16, 2005

No Pride in Tampa 

In sunny Florida, Hillsborough County Commissioner Ronda Storms became stormy indeed upon seeing a Gay Pride display at a library in her county. The library responded to her protests by shrinking the display to a smaller exhibit, but this was not sufficient to complete her quest. She wanted it gone. And she wanted no other such displays anywhere in her county. So yesterday (6/15) she presented and got passed two consecutive motions to the Hillsborough County Commission (whose turf includes Tampa).

The first motion stated: "I move that we adopt a policy that Hillsborough County government abstain from acknowledging, promoting or participating in gay pride recognition and events -- little g, little p."

The second motion set requirements for repealing this now-ordinance. There must be public hearings followed by a 5-2 commission vote, rather than a simple majority. There was no public discussion or debate before these motions became law.

Opponents of these ordinances plan on taking the commission to court on grounds of violating US constitutionally based equal protection and free speech.

Posted by Beth Henderson at 12:36 PM