Wichita City Council Approves LGBTQ Rights Ordinance
The Kansas City Star reports:
After four months of delays, Wichita City Council passed a nondiscrimination ordinance Tuesday aimed at banning discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations. The council voted 6-1 to approve the ordinance, with Jeff Blubaugh voting against.
The council also rejected a carve out that would have allowed religious groups to fire or refuse to hire LGBTQ+ individuals at will, an amendment proposed by City Council member Jared Cerullo [photo], the first openly gay man to serve on the council.
Passage of the ordinance signals a major policy win Mayor Brandon Whipple, who promised the change during his 2019 campaign and brought the proposal to the council in June.
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Over a dozen other Kansas municipalities, including the capital, Topeka, have LGBTQ