Thursday, January 8, 2015

Greensboro, N.C., passes LGBT protections; Starkville moves backward

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Greensboro, N.C., this week bolstered its fair housing ordinance to prohibit discrimination on account of sexual orientation or gender identity and also codified similar protections against discrimination in city employment. From the local newspaper:

Chris Sgro, the executive director of LGBT advocacy group Equality NC, congratulated the council on making the changes.

Sgro said he is proud, as a Greensboro resident, that his city is the first in the state to adopt these protections.
“There’s massive public support for protections in housing, protections in employment and protections in public accommodations,” he said. “Most North Carolinians believe the protections already exist, but they exist in a surprisingly small number of municipalities across the state, and Greensboro becomes the first in the state to add those protections in terms of housing.”

Sgro said that Charlotte is expected to adopt similar protections later this month and that his group has been working to get similar protections in other cities throughout the state in what he believes will be a “domino effect.”

Mayor Stodola? Director Webb? Got any dominoes?

ON THE OTHER HAND: Starkville, Miss., which got national attention for adopting a resolution opposed to discrimination against gay people and also extended domestic partner insurance coverage to city employees apparently has repealed that non-discrimination act. I say apparently because 1) the mayor has threatened a veto and 2) the vote was taken in secret.

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