With a 4-4 tie vote broken by Mayor Joel Marquardt on Monday, Roeland Park became just the second city in the state of Kansas to adopt an anti-discrimination ordinance that offers legal protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The revote – which came just two weeks after the ordinance was initially voted down when Councilor Becky Fast was absent from the meeting — ends a nearly six-month process during which the council and residents spent hours and hours vetting the merits of the ordinance and fine-tuning its language.
Do you think other northeast Johnson County cities should consider following Roeland Park’s lead? Would there be any hurdles to overcome to have such an ordinance adopted in your city? Do you think cities have a moral obligation to provide such legal protections?
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