Gay rights supporters push for anti-discrimination ordinance - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Gay rights supporters push for anti-discrimination ordinance

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC-TV) - Supporters of gay rights continue to speak our in favor of a proposed ordinance that would protect Shelby County workers and contractors from being discriminated against because of their sexual preference or gender identity.

County commissioners decided this week to amend the ordinance so it would only apply to county employees. It would not extend to private employers or county contractors.
  
However, the amended version failed in committee in a 5-5 vote. 
 
Supporters of gay rights say the ordinance is needed to help promote justice and equality for all residents.

"I have a gay neighbor. He's my next door neighbor," said David Upton of the Tennessee Democratic Party. "I'm not gay, but if my neighbor loses his job wrongfully, it's bad for me. This affects everybody." 
 
The full commission is expected to decide on the issue Monday.

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