In 2010 when Councilman Ben Gray first proposed changes to the city’s discrimination laws, the council deadlocked 3-3 with Thompson refusing to weigh in.
Now, following yesterday’s packed public hearing on an ordinance that allows people to file complaints with the city if they feel they are discriminated against in the work place because of their sexual orientation, Thompson appears ready to break the tie.
In the meantime those backing Gray’s amendments, such as Oscar award winning filmmaker Alexander Payne, insist it’s about equal treatment not special treatment.
Payne, who testified that in the near future similar laws will be common across the country, told the council, “My dad always taught me, ‘Do it now.’”
Some opponents claimed the changes are unnecessary, that similar laws already exist. Other opponents argued against the ordinance on religious grounds.
Ann Perkington testified that it’s a “morally bankrupt cause.”
With Mayor Jim Suttle ready to sign the changes into law, all that’s left is Thompson’s vote. It’s scheduled for Tuesday.
Reported by Joe Jordan, firstname.lastname@example.org
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