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Arguments presented for city non-discrimination ordinance
by Ashley Langston
Jun 09, 2010 | 3182 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CEDAR CITY – The city council heard from representatives from Southern Utah University, the SUU Queer Straight Alliance and Equality Utah about the need for a non-discrimination ordinance in the city at its June 2 meeting.

Benjamin Smith, of the SUU QSA and Equality Utah, first visited the council at the May 26 meeting and spoke during the public comments portion of the meeting. At the June 2 meeting he spoke about a need he sees for non-discrimination ordinances in housing and employment.

“Discrimination still exists,” he said, citing information that reported people who are perceived to be gay or transgender are six to seven times more likely to be discriminated against.

Smith said several Utah cities have recently passed non-discrimination ordinances, modeling them after the one passed in Salt Lake City. He said he feels the Salt Lake City ordinance is a good place to start.

SUU Vice President for Student Services Donna Eddleman said QSA is not asking anyone to condone a lifestyle, but rather to be inclusive, value others, and “love they neighbor.”

Smith said the groups he is involved with would like to see more community discussion in the coming weeks and after some conversation he would like to see the city staff draft an ordinance. The councilors said they would like to move forward with the discussion.

The June 2 city council meeting also included a public hearing for the 2010-2011 budget. There was no discussion about the six jobs that will not be funded in the budget. The council approved the tentative budget May 26.

The public hearing included discussion about items to be purchased in the street department, including a plow truck.

Street Department Superintendent Jeff Hunter was honored at the meeting as the city’s Employee of the Month.

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