JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A controversial bill was again a hot topic of discussion at the City Council meeting.
The bill is officially called the Human Rights Ordinance #296. It is looking to ban discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individuals in regards to employment and looking for housing.
Opponents to the ordinance say it will violate the rights of business owners and religious leaders within the community.
The proposed ordinance has fired up a heated debate amongst the public and city council members.
Hundreds of people spoke both for and against the ordinance, which will likely be voted on in two weeks.
"We live in a world that is hurting from hate, and devastated by discrimination, and if this means one small step, for Jacksonville to move above that, to leave this planet a better place than we found it, then I'm all for it," said a supporter of the bill.
"It would establish a special super class of people, this is not in compliance with the law, it's against the Constitution, therefore it's unconstitutional. This bill would greatly infringe on our personal rights," said an opponent.
The bill will be in committee Monday and Tuesday of next week.
First Coast News