Mayor Steven Reed pushes ordinance opponents say infringe on enterprise, property, and non secular rights
In June, Mayor of Montgomery Steven Reeds The office revealed plans to create a law to protect LGBTQ residents from discrimination.
However, the move to ban discrimination against LGBTQ people in Montgomery has expanded into a broader non-discrimination ordinance and is delayed by the rejection that city officials blame misinformation. Montgomery advertiser reported.
According to the mayor’s office, the regulation would prohibit discrimination on the basis of “real or perceived race, skin color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, marital status or veteran status”. In particular, it would be illegal to discriminate against any of these groups in the areas of public housing, housing, employment, and all urban practices, including contracting.
In August, for the first time since March 2020, citizens were allowed to turn to the Council on non-agenda items. Several speakers opposed the regulation. Matt Clark the conservatives Alabama Center for Law and Liberty warned the council that voting for the ordinance would force its Christian residents to become criminals because their beliefs would force them to break the non-discrimination law.
In one recently op-ed, wrote Clark: “Because it defines gender identity as” the actual or perceived gender identity, expression, appearance, or mannerisms or other gender-related traits of a person, “an institution cannot question whether a person is actually transgender if that person is expressing it just off, appear or act like that. Therefore, to gain access to women’s toilets, changing rooms or showers, a sex offender need only act as if he were transgender. Despite all claims to want to protect the weak, liberalism is terrifyingly ready to subject women and children to severe trauma. “
Reed said the regulation remains a priority and he hopes it will be passed.
“It is important to make sure that we live up to our principles and values, which we call the birthplace of the civil rights movement.” Reed stated. “We also want to make sure we’re doing things the style of the new Montgomery that we want to be. This means that we take into account and adopt such regulations that are essential not only for the quality of our place, but also for the quality of the city that we want to become. “