Staffers for Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, along with a group of attorneys, are drafting an ordinance that could outlaw discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents.
The Arizona Republic reports aides and attorneys believe if city laws are rewritten, it would give victims of such discrimination an opportunity to file complaints with the city’s Equal Opportunity Department for investigation. It’s an option they currently do not have.
Councilman Tom Simplot says he anticipates some resistance from council members who may be reluctant to even discuss the issue at a public meeting.
Councilman Michael Nowakowski says he would be open to discussing any anti-discrimination proposals “as long as they are fair and respectful.”
Councilman Sal DiCiccio says that while he doesn’t support offering protections to specific groups of people, he would back a broader approach.