Unequal treatment of LGBT people can cause economic harm, leading to lower economic output for individuals, businesses, and even countries. Passing a nondiscrimination law will therefore boost economic output. Read more here.
The city council of Springfield, Missouri voted on Monday evening to table a proposal that would have repealed the nondiscrimination ordinance and another one that would have placed it on the ballot. Under the city charter, tabling the proposal for 30 days automatically places it on the April municipal election. Read more here.
Springfield, Missouri is not the only city where a nondiscrimination ordinance is being challenged. Ordinances are also being fought in Fayetteville, Arkansas and Houston, Texas. NOTE: this article also provides some historical context worth reading. Read more here.
A provision in Cleveland, Ohio’s employment and housing protections allows private businesses to exclude transgender people from using restrooms or locker rooms in accordance with their needs.This is something a City Council committee intends to fix, and they held a hearing Wednesday to consider an ordinance correcting that exclusion. Read more here.
Last week, opponents of the recently passed expansion of Springfield, Missouri’s nondiscrimination ordinance submitted a referendum petition with more than double the number of signatures required. Assuming the signatures are certified, the referendum will go before City Council on Nov. 24. Read more here.
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Municipal Equality Index (MEI) is the only nationwide rating system of LGBT inclusion in municipal law and policy. It examines 47 criteria related to nondiscrimination protections, relationship recognition, municipal employment, city services, law enforcement, and city leadership. Now in its third edition, the 2014 MEI rated 353 cities across the […]