Charlotte City Council won’t consider LGBT ordinance repeal

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The mayor of North Carolina’s largest city applauded the governor Sept. 19 for recognizing the need to repeal the LGBT law prompting boycotts of the state. But she said lawmakers can act anytime they want to, whether or not Charlotte backs down first on protecting people from discrimination.

Feeling pressure from the loss of major events, North Carolina’s Republican leaders offered over the weekend to consider rescinding their law limiting LGBT anti-discrimination protections, but only if Charlotte moves first to repeal its never-enforced city ordinance.

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LGBT discrimination in North Carolina: News round-up

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Here is a series of updates regarding the discriminatory, anti-gay law enacted in North Carolina, and the ensuing backlash.

Washington governor bans travel to NC
Olympia (AP) – Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has barred non-essential state-funded travel to North Carolina because of the state’s new law that prevents local governments from protecting people based on sexual orientation and gender identity when they use public accommodations such as hotels.

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Pensacola anti-discrimination ordinance on hold

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Pensacola’s City Council is pressing pause on an anti-discrimination ordinance.

The proposal would have prohibited discrimination in work and public accommodations based on race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status and other categories, as well as update existing protections against housing discrimination.

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Small Arkansas town split over anti-discrimination measure

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EUREKA SPRINGS, Arkansas (AP) – Nestled in the hills of northwest Arkansas, Eureka Springs has long relished its dual personalities, known for its play depicting Jesus’ final days and a 66-foot-tall “Christ of the Ozarks” statue as well as its reputation as a gay-friendly tourist destination, bolstered by being the first city in the state to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

That balance of identities will be tested May 12, when voters decide whether to repeal a recent local ordinance that extends discrimination protections to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. It could set the stage for a broader legal fight over a new state law aimed at preventing Arkansas cities and counties from expanding discrimination protections, but opponents of the ordinance are casting the election as a fight for the soul of the city of roughly 2,000 people.

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Michigan Civil Rights Commission endorses ordinance covering sexual orientation

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Farmington Hills, MI (AP) – Michigan’s civil rights law doesn’t include protections for gay and transgender people, but the Michigan Civil Rights Commission has endorsed a model non-discrimination ordinance that does cover sexual orientation.

The commission approved the text of the ordinance at a meeting March 23 at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills.

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Montana city rejects non-discrimination ordinance

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – The Billings City Council has rejected an ordinance to ban discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Billings Gazette reports the council’s decision came early Aug. 12, with Mayor Tom Hanel casting the deciding vote.

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Orlando unanimously moves forward with transgender revisions

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Orlando – Orlando’s City Council unanimously approved revisions to include gender identity and expression in the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance during its first reading on July 28.

The ordinance — Chapter 57 — if approved, will be amended to include protections for Orlando’s transgender community and protect against discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations.

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Hillborough County Commissioners approve HRO amendment

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Tampa Hillsborough County Commissioners unanimously voted to move forward with an authorization for an amendment that would prohibit discrimination within the county on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The 7-0 vote is a stark change to previous LGBT initiatives, which have typically failed or split the board.

Prior to the July 16 vote, the floor was open to comments and 23 citizens spoke. Fourteen of those speakers supported the amendment to the HRO and nine spoke against it.

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Kentucky city approves gay rights ordinance

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DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ The Danville City Commission has approved a gay rights ordinance, though it includes an exemption for religious organizations.

Media report officials voted 4-1 on June 9 in favor of the ordinance that makes it illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity. It was the seventh city in the state to approve such a measure, following Lexington, Louisville, Covington, Frankfort, Morehead and Vicco.

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