Fifty years ago the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed on July 2 by former President Lyndon B. Johnson. The passage of this law outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion and national origin. This monumental legislation ended segregation and helped us to uphold a deeper respect of all humanity.
In the late 1960s, the City established its Chapter 57 Review Board to advocate for the citizens of Orlando in the areas of human and civil rights, and we continue to focus on equal rights and opportunities in employment, housing and public accommodations.
The City of Orlando added sexual orientation as a protected group to our ordinance in 2002 to make Orlando a more inclusive place. Four years ago, we were excited to be the first government in Central Florida to establish a Domestic Partnership Registry, an important step in giving same-sex couples some of the same rights as other couples.
The City of Orlando values our diversity. Knowing that injustice and intolerance place innocent people at risk, we must strengthen our resolve to continue to actively seek justice for all others.
On June 30, the City of Orlando celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The ceremony at City Hall featured song, reflection and a look ahead. In Orlando, diversity is one of our greatest strengths and we will continue to work toward true and lasting equality for all.