FL Republicans Consider LGBT Protections

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ A bill to protect the LGBT community anti-discrimination protections will be heard for the first time after a decade of being ignored by the Republican-dominated Legislature’s leadership.

It’s a sign that Republicans have a changing attitude on gay rights after fighting for years against same-sex marriage and allowing gay and lesbian to adopt children.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will consider the bill Monday, the first time it will come up for a vote.

Gay rights activists say the vote will send a message about Florida’s direction on this issues that will be heard around the country.

And Republican Rep. Holly Raschein said supporting the bill will also be good politics for Republicans who are trying to recruit younger voters who are opposed to discrimination.