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PETERSBURG (CBSMiami/AP)— The LGBT community needs to look no further than Florida when it comes to the promotion of equality. A human rights campaign not only marked Florida above the national average, four cities got perfect scores.

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The Washington, D.C.-based Human Rights Campaign three years ago began ranking cities based on LGBT inclusion in local laws and policy. It gave St. Petersburg, Orlando, Wilton Manors and Miami Beach 100 out of 100 points on its 2014 Municipal Equality Index. Tampa also scored highly on the index.

According to the HRC, the average score for Florida cities on the equality index is 65, and the national average is 59.

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The group’s index said the four cities “excelled on matters of equality” without relying on state law.

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