Dueling Petitions Submitted On Discrimination Rule

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Supporters and opponents of a new anti-discrimination ordinance in Hutchinson have presented dueling petitions to the county clerk.

The Hutchinson City Council approved an ordinance June 5 that prohibits people from being fired or evicted because they are gay, lesbian or bisexual.

Opponents seeking to repeal the ordinance delivered petitions to the clerk last Thursday. Supporters who are seeking to expand the protections submitted their petitions on Friday.

The county clerk office has three business days to determine whether the petitions have enough signatures to require action by the Hutchinson City Council. If the petitions are certified, the council will have 20 days to adopt changes in the anti-discrimination ordinance or schedule a public vote within another 90 days.

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