Posted By Eric Ethington on March 15, 2011
Ogden, Utah – In a huge surprise, the Ogden City Council has just voted unanimously to overturn Mayor Godfrey’s veto and pass the non-discrimination ordinances! Congratulations Ogden!
After a frantic week of work by activists, all 3 holdouts on the city council changed their vote and voted 7-0 to overturn the veto by Mayor Matthew Godfrey and pass the non-discrimination ordinances which prohibit discrimination in employment and housing based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
The change came after equality-advocates agreed to add language to the laws which made it clear that the ordinances in no way would violate the 1st amendment, religious freedom or free speech.
The public comments were still as entertaining as ever, with members of Dave Mallinak’s Baptist church claiming that no christian could ever respect “god” and support the “gay lifestyle.”
Equality wins the day once again. The tidal wave of equality sweeps forward, even across the rocky terrain of Utah!
Ogden is now officially the 12th city/municipality in Utah to pass the non-discrimination ordinances. Statewide the public has indicated 3 seperate times that over 70% of them support these fair and just laws, now if only the legislature would actually listen to their constituents next year!
Send your thanks to the Ogden City Council from the lgbt community here!