Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Phoenix (Finally) Enacts LGBT Rights Ordinance


Phoenix, AZ, the nation's 6th most populous city, has finally joined its fellow large municipalities and passed an ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. The vote by the City Council was 5-3, at one of the most contentions city council meetings in recent memory.

KPHO reported on the measure's passage:
The city currently prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information and marital status. 
"This was the right thing to do for our city," Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said. "With 165 other cities, including Tucson and Flagstaff, adopting similar ordinances, some more than a decade ago, Phoenix had some catching up to do. We as a city value all our citizens, and consider diversity as our strength. It's good for business, it's good for our economy, and it's the right thing to do for Phoenix." 
More than 50 people spoke about the issue at a council hearing that lasted more than four hours and stretched into Tuesday night. 
The debate was over the Human Relations Ordinance. A conversative Christian group, the Center for Arizona Policy, has labeled the ordinance the Bathroom Bill.  
One man told the council he sees the changes as opening a door for sexual predators. He was followed by a local pastor who told the mayor that every Phoenician has the right to be treated equally. 
The Human Relations Ordinance revolves around adding three phrases to the city's anti-discrimination policies when it comes to employment, housing, city contracts and public accommodations: "sexual orientation," "gender identity" and "disability."   
Phoenix is one of the few major cities in the country that hadn't adopted a similar policy protecting civil rights of the LGBT community.
The article goes on to note that Tucson had passed a similar ordinance way back in 1999(!)

hat/tip to Joe.My.God

1 comment:

Biki said...

Ugh! The bathroom scare tactics is the trans version of "think of the children!" that is lobbied against lgb folks. If any of these sheep would stop and think, there is nothing to prevent a man from following a woman into the ladies and raping and killing her. Oh, right! Facepalm! Tis illegal for a man to be in the ladies, and we all know that rapists and killers follow all of the laws except for the whole killing and raping thingy......sigh

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