Hutchinson To Consider Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Hutchinson City Council will consider a proposal to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the city's anti-discrimination ordinance.

The Hutchinson Human Relations Committee voted Wednesday to recommend the change to the ordinance. The city council will consider the issue in early May.

If the council approves the change, sexual orientation and gender identity could not be the basis for discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations.

The Hutchinson chapter of the Kansas Equality Coalition asked the council last November to amend the ordinance.

People who opposed the change said it would have a negative impact on businesses, religious liberty and churches.

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