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Phoenix, Arizona City Council Approves Broad LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance in 5-3 Vote: VIDEO


In what is being called one of the most contentious City Council meetings the city has ever had, Phoenix, Arizona, the sixth most populous city in the nation, last night passed broad laws barring discrimination against LGBT residents, the Arizona Republic reports:

Gay-rights advocates said the move was a long time coming. They said Phoenix, the sixth-largest city in the country, is playing “catch-up” with at least 166 other U.S. cities and counties that have adopted similar laws.

An estimated 500 people packed the Orpheum Theatre, and dozens of people spoke on both sides of the issue. Many supporters wore “yes” stickers and rainbow pins.

The paper adds:

Mayor Greg Stanton fast-tracked the reforms, which ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression — those who identify as a different sex than they were born as.

The changes approved Tuesday would prohibit discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations, such as restaurants and hotels. Businesses and individuals that don’t comply could be criminally prosecuted and face a misdemeanor charge, punishable by a $2,500 fine.

Phoenix currently offers few such safeguards for gay people but bans discrimination based on race, sex, religion, national origin, age and marital status.

Watch a news report with video of the meeting, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Referendum to repeal the law in 3..2..1

    Posted by: Steve | Feb 27, 2013 8:27:04 AM

  2. Why is Phoenix so conservative on this issue? Are there a lot of evangelicals and Mormons there? Large conservative Hispanic population?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 27, 2013 11:09:20 AM

  3. You can't be that dumb, Ratbastard. Oh, wait. Yes, yes, you are.

    Ignoring the fact that you carefully worded that comment to sneak in one of your patented race-baiting remarks, Phoenix, like southern Florida, is a retirement community. It is full of old people. There's also a large Mormon population.

    Hispanics have little to no influence on Phoenix government.

    Posted by: ripper | Feb 27, 2013 11:20:28 AM

  4. Actually, the city of Phoenix itself is pretty liberal and progressive. It's the surrounding suburbs that are packed with mormons and retirees.

    Posted by: Lucas | Feb 27, 2013 12:03:27 PM

  5. Ratbastard: Yes, yes, yes. Also include a large portion of traditional old school racists, traditional GOP conservatives, and tea party lunatics.

    The desert sun has not done a lot of favors to the population here.

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Feb 27, 2013 12:55:50 PM

  6. @Ripper,

    Race baiting?

    1) Hispanics/Latinos are not a 'race'

    2) Yes actually, I am 'dumb', i.e. ignorant of Phoenix and Arizona politics, but am aware there must be large numbers of:

    A) Moromons

    B) Hispanics [or I would think this would be the case since it's like that everywhere in the southwest. And many new immigrant Hispanics are conservative on issues like homosexuality. And the type of Catholicism is very traditional, ALSO many Hispanics especially new immigrants are strongly attracted to Protestant evangelical / pentecostal churches.

    I understand the party line is we're a beautiful mosaic of 'oppressed' so-called minorities, but reality,Ripper, is something else.

    C) I didn't think of 'old people', which I assume you mean primarily those nasty, old white bigots....*sarcasm off*...but if their population trends old, then yes, that matters.

    And Ripper, I'm part Spanish....maybe not 'Hispanic' as Americans think of it, but never-the-less.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 27, 2013 1:26:29 PM

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