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.
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.