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Manhattan repeals anti-discrimination law

May 19, 2011

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— The Manhattan City Commission has rolled back an ordinance banning discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation.

Those two categories had been added to the city’s anti-discrimination policy just three months ago by the city commission. But new members were elected to the panel in April, and opponents continued to push to repeal the ordinance.

Tuesday’s vote was 3-2. The Manhattan Mercury reports that Mayor Jim Sherow and Commissioner Rich Jankovich voted to retain the ordinance. Both said they were disappointed by the repeal and would have preferred to give the law a chance to be tested.

Commissioners who voted to repeal the ordinance said they were concerned about the mechanism created to enforce it.

Comments

Lindsey Buscher 4 years, 3 months ago

Those commissioners' campaigns were financed by the makers of the "Kansas: As Bigoted As You Think" bumper stickers, because if Kansas progresses toward equality then they would lose a boatload of money.

Bob_Keeshan 4 years, 3 months ago

No no no, they aren't bigots, it was all about the enforcement mechanism.

I'm sure they are working hard on a new ordinance with a more acceptable enforcement mechanism.

Well, first they are working on their whale watching ordinance, but they'll get to it right after that.

d_prowess 4 years, 3 months ago

I too noticed what appeared to be a "throw-away" comment by the author of this article alluding to the repeal was due to an enforcement mechanism. I would have thought that an explanation of that issue should then be included, but we got nothing. Sometimes I think articles like this remain slightly incomplete just because it may then rile people up more and result in more comments!

WilburM 4 years, 3 months ago

Right in step with the rest of state politics. Back to the 1950s. Fewer rights, fewer pesky regulations, no repercussions re discrimination (save on those discriminated against). But hey, let's blame the procedure, not the policy or the values.

I'd have more respect if they just said they didn't like gays and thought they should have no equal rights.

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