FW Council WILL vote on trans inclusion in ordinance

Posted on 10 Nov 2009 at 3:27pm

Some Fort Wirth City Councilmembers appeared to be preparing to vote against adding transgender, gender expression and gender identity to the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance– or to at least try to get the vote postponed.
Councilman Danny Scarth suggested that amending the ordinance could have the “unintended consequence” of discriminating against people with “deeply held” religious beliefs against certain “lifestyles.”
Councilmember Carter Burdette said he was not clear on the difference between gender identity and sexual orientation, and Councilmember Jungus Jordan asked why it is necessary to include, as recommended by the Human Rights Commission, transgender, gender expression and gender identity.
But Mayor Mike Moncrief, noting that councilmembers would be able to ask more questions during executive session and during open council meeting, stressed that he would call for a vote on the amendment tonight.
“Even one complaint is one too many,” Moncrief said. “This tonight will be voting your own convictions, doing the right thing for the right reason. … We are elected to make those tough decisions.”

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