Osceola County unanimously passed a new human rights ordinance Monday requiring business owners to serve anyone who walks in their doors, regardless of their sexual orientation.

The County Commission voted after hearing arguments from the public on both sides of the issue Monday evening.

The ordinance prohibits someone from denying a person employment, housing or public accommodations based on their sexual orientation.

Supporters said they just wanted to make sure lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are given equal rights.

"There's no reason why they shouldn't be allowed to do what they want to do," said Jennifer Thomas, of St. Cloud. "Gay and lesbian people are just as normal as anybody else."

Religious institutions and their affiliates, lodge halls and other private organizations are exempt from the ordinance.