The Phoenix, Arizona city council just expanded their anti-discrimination law to include the LGBT community – covering housing, city contract, employment and public accommodations, Gay Star News reports:
The vote of 5-3 came after over five hours of heated debate on Tuesday evening (26 February), with the majority saying Phoenix would benefit from projecting an image that it welcomes diversity. Businesses and individuals that don’t comply could be criminally prosecuted and face a misdemeanor charge, punishable by a $2,500 fine.
The greater Phoenix area is notoriously right-leaning – I grew up in Tucson, and Phoenix was always the larger conservative counterbalance to liberal Tucson. But over the last decade, the city of Phoenix itself has become more liberal and gay friendly (as large cities often do). It’s great to see this in the face of the GOP takeover of the state.
Wonder if finger-in-the-face Governor Jan Brewer is planning to overturn it, somehow? Wouldn’t surprise me.