On Monday, October 24, after nearly six hours of public testimony and dais debate, the Cheyenne City Council voted 7-3 to approve an anti-discrimination resolution that commits to equal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents.
During Council discussion, Councilman Dicky Shanor brought forth an amendment adding the right of religious conscience to the resolution. This amendment was added to appeal to the resolution opponents by allowing a religious exemption. The council voted unanimously to approve the amendment.
Essentially the resolution states:
In today’s world discrimination occurs far too often on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, family status, veteran status, disability, marital status or source of income. It recognizes discrimination is wrong and presents a stumbling block to the pursuit of full equality.
It also states the City of Cheyenne is in the process of modifying its own internal and personnel policies to additionally prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. And that the City will support a comprehensive State law that addresses hiring, housing, and accommodation to prevent discrimination against LGBTQ employees and citizens and their families.
LGBTQ residents and allies argued that while Cheyenne’s resolution does not have the binding authority of an ordinance, it sends an important message to residents and outsiders alike that the city is welcoming and accommodating to all.
Equality Federation applauds Wyoming Equality’s work to push for this resolution and look forward to the work to come!
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