Council approves Non-Discrimination resolution

Published: Oct. 19, 2016 at 11:44 PM CDT
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UPDATE: After about five hours of testimony from the public on Monday (10/24) night, Cheyenne City Council approved a resolution on non-discrimination. It was standing room only in council chambers as a continuous flow of people spoke to council both for and against the resolution until about 11:30pm.

During Council discussion, Councilman Dicky Shanor brought forth an amendment adding to the resolution:

WHEREAS, the City of Cheyenne recognizes the right of religious conscience to the resolution. The council voted unanimously to the amendment.

The resolution was sponsored by five council-members. Seven voted in favor of adopting the resolution. Three voted against it. Council-members Jim Brown and Mike Luna voted against the resolution. The Mayor voted no as well. Council-members Bryan Cook, Richard Johnson, Dr. Mark Rinne, Scott Roybal, Dicky Shanor, Jeff White, and Annette Williams voted in favor.

ORIGINAL: Cheyenne City Council's Committee of the Whole heard public comment about a Non-Discrimination Resolution. Committee of the Whole is made up of the full council minus the Mayor. It is a recommending body, so decisions made are not final.

The Committee heard hours of testimony from the public speaking in favor and against the resolution. The resolution is sponsored by five council-members: Bryan Cook, Richard Johnson, Scott Roybal, Jeff White, and Annette Williams.

Essentially the resolution states:

In today's world discrimination occurs far too often on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, family status, veteran status, disability, marital status or source of income. It recognizes discrimination is wrong and presents a stumbling block to the pursuit of full equality.

It also states the City of Cheyenne is in the process of modifying its own internal and personnel policies to additionally prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. And that the City will support a comprehensive State law that addresses hiring, housing, and accommodation to prevent discrimination against LGBT employees and citizens and their families.

Committee of the Whole is recommending the resolution to be adopted at (10/24) Monday's City Council. Mike Luna was the only one who voted against the recommendation. Jim Brown and Dr. Mark Rinne were not present.