Memphis Council to vote on non-discrimination plan

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Memphis City Council will have a second and final reading of a proposed non-discrimination ordinance and it's expected to be amended to include sexual orientation.

According to The Commercial Appeal, sponsoring Councilman Lee Harris said he would like for a ban on discrimination in city hiring to include people who are gay. Harris says it depends on the number of votes the expected amendment will get Tuesday. Harris' proposal, as written, would prohibit discrimination against city of Memphis employees based on age, ethnicity, national origin and disability,

Jonathan Cole of the Tennessee Equality Project said he hopes those who have supported gay rights in the past will step forward again. The Equality Project is a statewide organization that supports gay, lesbian and transgender individuals.


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