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Governor’s Proclamation On Pulse Anniversary Omits LGBTQ Reference. Then He Fixed It.

Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS
Photos and keepsakes adorn the Pulse Interim Memorial located at the Pulse nightclub site south of downtown Orlando, Thursday, June 6, 2019. June 12 marks the 3rd anniversary of the mass shooting that left 49 club patrons dead.

On the third anniversary of the shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, which left 49 people dead, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis did not mention the LGBTQ community in his initial proclamation commemorating the day.

“The state of Florida has come together to stand boldly with Orlando and the Central Florida community against terrorism,” the proclamation released Tuesday evening read, in part.

That sentence was in the portion of the document where last year, then-Gov. Rick Scott had stated: “The state of Florida continues to ... recognize the lasting impact [the shooting] has on our state and communities, including Florida’s LGBTQ community.”

Miami Herald reporter Samantha J. Gross contributed to this report.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.

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