A proposed ordinance to put an end to discrimination against the LGBT community was shot down in Palm Bay early Friday morning.
It was voted down after hours of debate during a meeting that did not end until after 1:00 a.m.
The meeting drew a passionate crowd more than 500 Palm Bay residents who showed up to voice their opinion on a proposed “human rights ordinance" intended to protect the LGBT community.
Officials say the ordinance’s intention was to protect the rights of the LGBT community at work, in housing and at public establishments.
The 25-page ordinance detailed specifics about allowing transgender to use the restroom they most identify with. Schools and churches would have been exempt from the ordinance.
One city council member simply said the ordinance was written “like a solution in search of a problem.”
After more than six hours of discussion, the mayor and three council members voted against it