Boynton Beach City commissioners are set to vote on adopting a civil rights ordinance that would would establish that the city opposes discrimination based on race, nationality, disability, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity, among factors. But the city could have been voting on the wrong issue had it not been for Rand Hoch of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council.
The readings leading up to tonight's meeting, Hoch tells New Times, city staffers had confused the civil rights ordinance with an Equal Benefits Ordinance.
"The [backup for the agenda of] proposed civil rights ordinance said that the ordinance itself would require any entities doing business with The City of Boynton Beach to prove that they provide the same non-discrimination and domestic partnership provisions within there organizations," Hoch says. "There is not a single true statement in that sentence."
The mistake was significant because the civil rights ordinance doesn't require any entity to actually provide benefits.