City Commissioners Pass Fairness Ordinance

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City Commissioners Pass Fairness Ordinance

City Commissioners Pass Fairness Ordinance

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The henderson board of commissioner s voted to pass the fairness ordinance.

The ordinance is intended to prevent discrimination based solely on sexual orientation or gender identity.

44news reporter joylyn bukovac joins us now with what this means for the community.


The "fairness" ordinance will protect gay, lesbian and transgender residents from discrimination.

The ordinance passed on a 3 to 2 vot?

With some opposition.

The henderson board of commissioner s passed the fairness ordinanc?

Protecting the lgbtq community from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodatio ns.

Commissioner patti bugg and mayor steve austin were against passing the ordinance.

"i've lived here all my life, 65 years now, and all of our churches would help anyone no matter what and would not discriminate against them.

I'm also a realtor and our realtor organization in 30 years i've never heard of anyone buying a house and being discriminated against.

So i just didn't really feel like it was necessary."

Mayor austin says he found the same to be true for both renting local apartments and landing a job.

"we've got 400 job openings right now and what people are looking for is somebody that will work."

Joseph fleming says he personally has not experienced discrimination in employment or housin?

But rather from community members.

"coming from a small town, you kind of expect it, or living in a small town, but as times have changed it doesn't make it any easier."

Fleming was actually living in henderson 20 years ago when the same ordinance passed.

A seemingly improbable victory for lgbtq civil rights which only lasted 18 months before the law was overturne?

Creating an emotional roller coaster for fleming.

"it was just fascinating to think that a small community would support a community like ours and then when it was repealed it was heartbreaking to think that anybody wouldn't believe in inclusion."

The fairness ordinance is passed, it would go into effect in just a few days.

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