Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Hutchinson voters will be asked to decide whether to add protections against discrimination for gays, lesbians and bisexuals to the city's anti-discrimination ordinance.
The Hutchinson City Council first voted Tuesday to repeal the limited protection from discrimination it had approved in June. The ordinance outlawed discrimination only in employment or in housing.
Then the council voted to allow the public to vote in November on expanding the anti-discrimination protection.
The council had faced two rival petitions. Both sought to repeal the June ordinance. The Kansas Equality Coalition's petitions would expand the ordinance beyond the limited protections it provided.
Opponents of gay rights applauded the council's actions. The leader of the Kansas Equality Coalition said he was deeply disappointed.