Phoenix City Council Approves LGBT and Disability Anti-Discrimination Measure

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After hours of debate, the Phoenix City Council voted 5 to 3 to approve a measure that expands the city's anti-discrimination measure to include members of the LGBT and disabled community.

Councilmen Sal DiCiccio, Jim Waring and Bill Gates voted against the hotly contested measure.

Councilman Michael Nowakowski, participating on the phone while at the airport, missed two flights in order to express his support for the ordinance. He had to take the last available flight and didn't get a chance to vote.

The issue drew strong support and opposition from Phoenix residents, business and religious leaders.

There were concerns that the expanded measure would violate the rights of churches, but a further clarification seemed to assuage those issues.

Some speakers took their time in the public venue to express their views about the immorality of homosexuality, others shared their personal experiences of discriminations as gay, lesbian and transgender individuals.

There was much discussion by opponents of the measure that language in ordinance created a loophole that would allow men to dress as women and infiltrate the women's restroom and attack women and children.

Supporters dismissed those concerns, and several expressed outrage that members of the LGBT community were equated with sexual predators and deviants.

"This isn't about bathroom security," said Councilman Danny Valenzuela, adding that it was about human rights and equal opportunity for all.


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2 comments
deniseaz2003
deniseaz2003

as i have read , the Catholic church has taken a stand on a public government issue ,, okkkkk .. NOW TAX THE SHIT OUT OF THEM !!!!! and away with the tax free status , if they want to be tax free , ,then they can shut the hell up ,,, speak out , via the churches ,, PAY YOUR DAMN FAIR SHARE OF TAXES !!!!

other wise ,, great going city counsel, and next time use a gag on Sal DiCiccio . and that Kathy nut case ,, 


thank you  Mayor and city officials ,, many times over 


Thane.Eichenauer
Thane.Eichenauer

This comment points out why and how tax exempt churches have been muzzled by the tax code.

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