Tempe, Arizona Approves LGBT Anti-Discrimination Ordinance


Tempe, Arizona has passed an LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance, the Arizona Republic reports:

In interviews with The Arizona Republic, Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell and other council members said the GOP-controlled Legislature is out of touch with its constituents.

The council’s 7-0 vote was “another action that shows we don’t discriminate in our community,” Mitchell said Thursday. “We’re moving in the right direction in terms of equality.”

The city ordinance bans discrimination in housing, employment and accommodations at restaurants and hotels, but includes exceptions for religious organizations and social clubs.

Businesses or individuals that discriminate in Tempe on the basis of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, gender, religion, national origin, familial status, age, disability and U.S. military veteran status face a civil sanction with a fine up to $2,500.

Three other Arizona cities – Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff – have similar laws.


  1. David says

    15 years ago Tempe had an openly gay mayor. He was re-elected while openly gay. Unlike its neighboring cities this Phoenix borough is quite liberal; it is a college town after all (home of ASU)

  2. Luke says

    Yep, David, Neil Giuliano, served 4 terms as mayor of Tempe, from 1994-2004 and was openly gay. Tempe, along with Phoenix, have always been liberal bastions in a sea of red surrounding them.

  3. Luke says

    Also, with regards to Neil Giuliano, conservatives tried to have him removed from office in a recall election after he came out of the closet, but he won the recall election in a landslide. It was a non-issue to Tempe voters.

  4. alex says

    @Owens: You can’t equate the opinions of politicians with the opinions of residents.

    On Tuesday, a Phoenix-based Republican political consulting firm (Coleman Dahm) published results of an automated poll of registered Republicans. The results: 57.1% wanted Brewer to veto this bill, 27.6% were in favor, and 15.3% had no opinion (margin of error +/- 4%).

    And, in a May 2013 poll of Arizonans, 55% were in favor of allowing gay marriage.

    These are examples of why boycotts based solely on geography rarely make sense.

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