Public Interest Law Firm Releases Legal Memo Documenting Jax HRO Cannot Become Law Before February 28


Jacksonville Women to Rally at City Hall on Wednesday Continuing to Urge Mayor Lenny Curry to Veto HRO which Allows Men to Use Women’s Bathrooms

(Jacksonville, FL) Liberty Counsel, a national public interest constitutional law firm with offices in Florida, released a three-page legal memorandum today documenting the fact that Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry can still legally veto the Human Rights Ordinance (HRO) 2017-15. The HRO, passed by the City Council last week, can still be vetoed by Mayor Curry because it is not final law until after the next City Council meeting on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

The research and memo was prepared by attorney Roger Gannam, Assistant Vice President of Legal Affairs and long-time Jacksonville resident, in light of the misinformation being distributed to the media by the mayor’s office.  The Office of General Counsel has erroneously claimed that the HRO is final law because it passed with a super majority and the mayor is unable to veto it. The legal memo clearly demonstrates this is incorrect after a review of the City Charter provisions.

The summary states:

The City Charter does not allow the mayor to give an ordinance immediate effect without his signature.

Mayor Curry’s announcement that he will allow the HRO to become law without his signature does not give the HRO immediate effect.

Mayor Curry still has the power to veto the HRO at or before the February 28th City Council meeting.”

The full legal memorandum can be read here.

Women Rally Wednesday Urging Mayor Lenny Curry to Veto HRO

Because Mayor Curry still has the legal option of vetoing the HRO, hundreds of Jacksonville women are gathering this Wednesday, February 22, 2017, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm for a rally and press conference outside on the sidewalks surrounding City Hall and in Hemming Plaza. 

At 12:30, various women are scheduled to make public statements to the media urging the Mayor to veto the HRO because the law would force them and their daughters to shower, dress and use bathrooms with men.   

Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. recently released a list of 21 bathroom abuse incidents around the country as a direct result of policies like the ones contained in the Jacksonville HRO which give biological men a new right to use women’s showers, locker rooms, and bathrooms. That list can be found here. 


Urging Mayor Lenny Curry to Veto the JAX HRO

“No Men in Women’s Bathrooms!” 

DATE: Wednesday, February 22, 2017

TIME:   12:00 noon – 1:00pm

Press Conference: 12:30pm

PLACE: Jacksonville City Hall & Hemming Plaza

For more information contact:

Amber Kelly at [email protected] 

Or call 850-567-8143

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