Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Gay rights ordinance rejected in Indiana community

Gay rights ordinance rejected in Indiana community - Washington Blade

Law would have prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity
The Goshen City Council voted against changing its civil rights ordinance to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity after hearing six hours of debate on the controversial issue.

Nearly 150 people spoke to the council Tuesday night about the proposal before members voted 4-3 against it early Wednesday.

One of the plan's sponsors voted against it, saying he became worried that the proposal would subject the city to a lawsuit.

“I don't want Goshen to have to go through that,” said Councilman Chic Lantz.

People packed the Goshen High School auditorium for the meeting, which stretched past midnight because so many people wanted to speak on the issue.

Some who supported the proposal said Goshen should be an open place that protects people from discrimination....

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