Monday, July 26, 2010

Breaking News!! South Bend,IN Tables Non-Discrimination Ordinance!!


Today the South Bend Indiana City Council tabled  a non-discrimination ordinance that would give gay and lesbians the security of knowing that they could not be fired from their jobs for being gay. Contrast this with what Missouri just did by including sexual orientation in its non-discrimination policy to state employees. The South Bend Tribune reports.

After a two-hour public hearing before a standing room-only crowd, the city's Common Council tonight voted to indefinitely table a bill extending employment discrimination protection to gays, lesbians, bi-sexual and transgendered people. 

Council member Oliver Davis, one of the bill's three sponsors, sought the continuance when it became clear that he lacked the five votes needed for a majority on the 9-member council.

The key holdout was council member Karen White, D-at large, who said the bill's language was too vague to win her support. After the meeting, she said she remains undecided on whether she ultimately will support the bill if it comes up for a vote again.
The people at the National Organization for Marriage must be shouting in glee, as they rolled into South Bend today on an unscheduled stop on their Summer for Marriage tour. The South Bend City Councils meeting on this issue was the key reason for the stop. Hopefully other cities, such as Memphis, Tennessee -  a city which is considering a  city employee non-discrimination ordinance - will not back down on equality and equal opportunity in employment for all its citizens. 

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