Topeka City Council Narrowly Approves LGBT ‘Equality Package’ Proposals

Chad manspeakerWestboro Baptist Church sure isn’t going to be happy about what their city council approved this week…

Amid emotional testimonies and a standing-room-only crowd Tuesday evening, the Topeka City Council narrowly approved both parts of a pro-LGBT “equality package” proposed by Councilman Chad Manspeaker [pictured].

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports:

Manspeaker said the votes send the rest of the world a message “that Topeka is an open, inclusive community and that we welcome all people here and we look forward to grow in that direction.”

The council heard at-times emotional testimony — in which both advocates and opponents claimed the moral high ground — before voting 5-3 to establish a city domestic partnership registry, which will be open to both same-sex and opposite-sex couples. […]

The council then voted 5-3 to approve a proposal banning discrimination on the basis of gender identity in the city’s employment and hiring practices. The measure also requires the city to make a good faith effort to contract to provide health coverage for any city employees registered with the city as being part of a domestic partnership.

Both measures were decided after the council voted 6-2 to reject a motion seeking to give the public a ballot question vote on them.

Topeka is now the second city in Kansas to have domestic partner registries, behind Lawrence.


Posted May 24, 2014 at 7:50pm ETC by Kyler Geoffroy
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