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.
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