I just got off the phone with Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll. Her Chief of Staff faxed her written apology and the Lt. Gov. called to personally apologize for the words she used in refuting allegations brought by former staffer. In addition, Carroll expressed her appreciation for the opportunity to communicate her commitment to treating everyone with respect and dignity. She invited Equality Florida to reach out to her office if she could be of assistance and I offered our organization as a resource as well.
On behalf of a EQFL, I want to thank Lt. Gov. Carroll for taking responsibility for her words and for responding to the harm those words inflicted. Apologies by elected leaders for public mistakes are rare and it is to the Lt. Governor’s credit that she has taken this step. In FL, which has no statewide legal protections from discrimination for LGBT residents, the words of our elected leaders matter a great deal.
Thanks to all who spoke up. Visit our blog to see the apology note.