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I received updates today that two U.S. cites have recently passed ordinances expanding anti-discrimination protection to the LGBT community.

First is San Antonio, whose City Council on September 5, 2013, passed an ordinance amending existing anti-discrimination provisions “to expand the list of protected categories to include sexual orientation, gender identity and veterans.”  Probably not a big surprise, given that San Antonio is the seventh largest city in the U.S., and this kind of thing has been going on over some 30+ years now (Wisconsin was the first state to pass gay rights legislation in 1982).

The second is a bit more surprising, or at least to me.  A similar measure passed on August 27, 2013, in Oshtemo Township, Michigan, which sports a population of just above 20,000.  Advocates speaking in favor of the ordinance stressed that there was no state or federal protections for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and that individual faith and beliefs are important but do not excuse discrimination.

 

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