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Liberty Council awaiting city's response to HRO lawsuit

Deadline to respond is Wednesday

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Wednesday's deadline for the city of Jacksonville to respond to a lawsuit filed against it after expansion of the city's Human Rights Ordinance has yet to bring a response.

Earlier this month, the Liberty Council filed the suit, claiming the new protections for sexual orientation and gender identity in the HRO are illegal.

At this point, the city's response has not officially been filed to this lawsuit, but it is expected later on Wednesday.. Members of the Liberty Council say they are looking forward to seeing what the City has to say before making any further comments.

The lawsuit claims there are intentional omissions of legal requirements by the authors and sponsors meant to deceive the public, city council, and Mayor. The lawyer said when the bill was cut down to five pages from the original bill filed last year, the parts of the bill that were changed should have been published in full with the new ordinance, and then the lines that did not apply to the law that were approved should have been struck through to let people know what was changed.

The lawsuit asked the court to declare the HRO expansions null and void while stopping the city from enforcing any of those protections.

The mayor's office said that they would not comment on pending litigation.