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Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Ind. Gov't. - "Carmel narrowly passes LGBT protections"

That is the headline to this Indianapolis Star story by Chris Sikick on last evening's action by the Carmel City Council. Some quotes:

CARMEL — After six weeks of debate, the Carmel City Council narrowly voted Monday to approve an anti-discrimination ordinance that includes protections for sexual orientation and gender identity.

Mayor Jim Brainard once had hoped to fast-track the ordinance, which was sponsored by six of the seven council members when he introduced it Aug. 17. But socially conservative organizations — and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights groups — quickly made the affluent suburb of Indianapolis a battleground in a statewide fight over LGBT rights versus religious freedom.

A deeply divided council ultimately voted 4-3 in favor of the ordinance after more than six hours of public comment over three meetings.

City Council President Rick Sharp was joined by Ron Carter, Sue Finkam and Carol Schleif in support. Some have said many of the religious arguments used against the ordinance were once used to deny African-Americans and women their rights.

The story links to this great survey article by Stephanie Wang on the "How local LGBT anti-discrimination laws vary in Indiana."

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 6, 2015 09:32 AM
Posted to Indiana Government