Strip-club lawsuit exposes Florida’s lack of civil rights | Editorial

Orange County and many other local governments have LGBTQ protections, but those laws are threatened by a lawsuit filed by two women who were barred from Rachel’s, a strip club. In an odd twist, the case threatens equality rights for LGBTQ people, who are not specifically protected under the state’s civil rights act. After appeals, the case is back in circuit court. The judge should rule that state law does not prevent municipalities from enacting their own ordinances. And the strange case should prompt the legislature to pass the Competitive Workforce Act, which would provide statewide discrimination protection.