(HUTCHINSON, Kan.) — The Hutchinson City Council Tuesday moved a step closer to amending its anti-discrimination ordinance to provide limited protection to gays, lesbians and bisexuals.The meeting was moved to Memorial Hall to accommodate the more than 200 people in attendance. After lengthy public debate, the council voted 3-2 to approve the wording of an ordinance.
If it receives final approval, the ordinance would protects gays, lesbians and bisexuals from employment termination and housing eviction in the Hutchinson city limits. It offers no such protection for members of the transgender community.
Councilman Bob Bush, who worded the proposal, said it was "the best way to protect both sides of this issue."
The way it's written, the proposed ordinance would not prohibit discrimination against LGBT persons during the hiring process or when looking for housing.
Supporters of an ordinance said the wording didn't go far enough, but was a step in the right direction.