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Fayetteville council hears views on gender, sexual orientation law

September 12, 2018

The Fayetteville Observer,

John Henderson,

September 10, 2018-

The Fayetteville City Council could not prevent a discussion Monday night on a controversial proposal it had pulled from the agenda related to gender and sexual orientation cases. Residents used the public forum section of the meeting to debate a proposal the council had planned to vote on that would allow the city’s Human Relations Commission to add gender and sexual orientation cases to the list of categories that it can investigate.

The council, after being deluged with complaints about the proposal, pulled the agenda item on Friday and has not rescheduled a hearing. But during the public comment section of the meeting, residents did not let the issue die. Nine out of the 12 people who spoke on the issue urged the council to adopt the proposal. The Fayetteville-Cumberland Human Relations Commission on June 14 unanimously voted to ask the council to make the change. The current ordinance allows the commission to investigate complaints or charges of discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability and age.

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