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25 years ago: City stalled on nondiscrimination ordinance

November 14, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 14, 1987:

It appeared this week that Lawrence city commissioners had pigeonholed a proposal to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. On June 19, the commission had received a proposal from the Human Relations Commission calling for an amendment to the existing human rights ordinance to prohibit such discrimination in housing employment, and government services. (The ordinance as it stood prohibited discrimination based on "race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, ancestry, or handicap.") "I have not placed this item on the agenda at this time, awaiting your direction," City Manager Buford Watson had written in a memo accompanying the June proposal. However, nearly five months later, commissioners had not yet initiated any recommended action. "Frankly, I would say that's accurate," said Commissioner Mike Rundle this week. "At least for me it got lost in the shuffle. I haven't had much pressure from the public to move forward with it." Commissioner Sandy Praeger said that she was "sort of neutral" about the proposal, adding that "unless someone can demonstrate that we have a real critical problem, we should leave well enough alone."

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