South Bend, Indiana Tables LGBT Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

Late yesterday I mentioned that the National Organization for Marriage was diverting its hate-a-palooza tour so it could attend a contentious meeting of the South Bend, Indiana City Council last night. The Council was considering an anti-discrimination ordinance covering sexual orientation and gender identity that had been under consideration several years before and failed.

Southbend  The measure was tabled, the South Bend Tribune reports:

"After a two-hour public hearing before a standing-room-only crowd, the city's Common Council voted Monday night to table indefinitely a proposed ordinance extending employment discrimination protection to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people. Council member Oliver Davis, one of the measure's three sponsors, sought the continuance when it became clear that he lacked the five votes needed for a majority on the nine-member council. The key holdout was council member Karen White, D-at large, who said the proposal's language was too vague to win her support. Asked after the meeting what specifically she found so vague, White pointed to concerns raised by the council's attorney, Kathleen Cekanski-Farrand."

Head to the Tribune for more details on the debate, which included several wingnuts who spoke out about how homosexuality is a "harmful and dark lifestyle", etc.

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  1. White is a sniveling, cowardly, and LYING Democrat. The vagueness she talks about is language that says that sex cannot be a discriminating factor in employment. It also says religion and race cannot be. Wow, is that ever CONFUSING! Dumb broad thinks bullshit flies!

    Also, don't you love the Holy Rollers that say that it is wrong to include a group for protection from discrimination because they CHOOSE the behavior that leads to the discrimination? They don't see the irony that religion is ENTIRELY a matter of choice--unlike sexual orientation, which science has shown is not. Let's get even-handed about this and take out religion from the discrimination protections. I think all the religions should be discriminated against, and TAXED that use the political institutions of this nation to foster hate.

    Posted by: candideinncc | Jul 27, 2010 8:37:41 AM

  2. What I find interesting is that the major employer in the South Bend area, Notre Dame, does not seem to have a problem with priests who abuse children, but has no problem discriminating against adults who are being themselves..

    Posted by: Verdon Coleman | Jul 27, 2010 9:28:54 AM

  3. What is vague is when you refer to the "gay lifestyle" It's like calling a car a magic carpet.

    Posted by: ty | Jul 27, 2010 1:13:48 PM

  4. In the mighty US of A human rights can be abrogated with a simple vote. Good luck to the supporters, the haters will be out in full force to get some "measure" or other on the ballot.

    Posted by: Tone | Jul 27, 2010 7:40:46 PM

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