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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Cincinnati Moves Forward

This article may be broadly viewed as a public health update from my own city.  Yesterday, the Cincinnati City Council passed an amendment to the city's human rights ordinance that offers protections to gays, lesbians and transgendered people.  The Business Courier reports,

The amendment, sponsored by Vice Mayor Jim Tarbell and council members David Crowley, Chris Bortz, Laketa Cole and John Cranley, was approved by Council's Law and Public Safety Committee Tuesday.

Under the human rights ordinance as amended, gays, lesbians and trangendered people can't be fired from a job or evicted from an apartment, for example, because of their sexual orientation.

Council approved a similar amendment to the human rights ordinance in the early 1990s, but opponents placed a charter amendment on the ballot in 1994 that banned the city from passing any ordinance protecting gays and lesbians. Voters overturned that amendment last year, after a campaign spearheaded by community leaders and business groups.

Hopefully the city will continue to work toward equality for all people.  [bm]

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