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Phoenix To Vote on Expanding Anti-Discrimination Laws to Include Individuals with Disabilities and Members of LGBT Community

Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio is trying to rally his ultra-right-wing conservative troops to oppose a policy proposal that aims protect individuals from discrimination because of their "sexual orientation," "gender identity or expression," and "disability."

DiCiccio calls the proposal a "radical left turn for Phoenix."

He attacks Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton for his support of the measure and for trying to "fast track" it.

The City Council is considering the proposal at 2:30 p.m. today at the Orpheum Theater (they're expecting a big crowd), 203 W. Adams Street.

How radical can the idea of expanding discrimination protection for members of the LGBT community when it adopted in places such as Salt Lake City about three years with the support of the Mormon church and business community. And, versions of anti-discrimination laws that apply to the LGBT community are found in cities, counties and states across the country.

Tucson expanded its anti-discrimination law back in 1999.

And even though the Phoenix measure specifically states the "ordinances will continue to contain exemptions for religious organizations, small private landlords, senior housing, and private clubs, among others," anti-discrimination opponents are firing up opposition on two fronts.

One, they claim the proposal is an assault on churches.

DiCiccio, in an official District 6 press release, claims to have "uncovered that it opens the door for criminal penalties against churches."

He poses the questions: "Should our priests, pastors, rabbis and bishops and stake presidents be made criminals by the City of Phoenix? Do you think it is the role of our city to impose criminal penalties against churches?"

The Center for Arizona Policy, a conservative policy group, claims the exemption for churches and others are "weak" because it could "force a church or a parachurch organization, like a Christian school to hire homosexuals and transgenders regardless of the church's religious beliefs."

And if you're not religiously inclined, opponents of the LGBT community amendments to the anti-discrmination measure have tried to block it by dubbing it the "Bathroom Bill."

They are conjuring images of grown men disguising themselves as women and following little girls into restrooms.

Center for Arizona Policy -- and DiCiccio as their echo chamber -- warns parents that "there are no protections in this law to prohibit a predator from posing as a so-called "transgender" to gain access to a child through a restroom or locker room."

DiCiccio is quoted in the Arizona Republic expressing his concerns as a father: "I've got two small kids and I just would not feel comfortable having a man following them in the bathroom. This bathroom thing is a problem."

But it begs the question: Why would a parent so concerned about their child's safety send "small kids" alone into the restroom?

The argument assumes that 1) women are not capable of doing harm to children they spot unaccompanied in a public restroom and 2) somehow little boys alone in a men's restroom with grown men wearing men's clothes are perfectly safe -- it's only the little girls we should worry about.

Nutty.

Here's a list of cities, counties, states that, according to the Phoenix Mayor's Office, have adopted anti-discrimination measure that include a person's sexual orientation, and the year those proposals were first approved.

If anything, it begs the question why it has taken Phoenix so long to adopt such protections for members of the LBGT community and individuals with disabilities.

Full list:

  Arizona City of Tucson-1999

California -also state law Allegheny County-2009 
Santa Cruz County-1998 City of Los Angeles-1979
 City of Oakland-2005 
City of San Diego-2003 
City of San Francisco-1994
 City of San Jose-2002 
City of Santa Cruz-1992 
City of West Hollywood-1998

Connecticut - state law

Colorado 
City of Boulder-2000 
City of Denver-2001 
 District of Columbia 

City of Washington-2006

Florida

 Broward County-2008 

Leon County-2010 

Monroe County-2003 

Palm Beach County-2007

 Volusia County-2011 City of Dunedin-2002 
City of Gainesville-2008
 City of Gulfport-2005 
City of Key West-2003 
City of Lake Worth-2007
 City of Miami Beach-2004

 City of Oakland Park-2007 
City of Tampa-2009 
City of West Palm Beach-2007


Georgia 
City of Atlanta-2000 

City of Decatur-2002

Hawaii - state law 
 Idaho 
City of Sandpoint-2011


Illinois 
Cook County-2002 

City of Bloomington-2002 
City of Carbondale-2005

 City of Champaign-1977 
City of Chicago-2002 
City of Decatur-2002 

City of DeKalb-2000 
City of Evanston-1997 
City of Peoria-2003 
City of Springfield-2003 
City of Urbana-1979 


Indiana
Marion County-2005 

Monroe County-2010

 City of Bloomington-2006 

City of Evansville-2011 
City of Indianapolis-2005 
City of South Bend-2012

Iowa
 Johnson County-2006 City of Council Bluffs-2008 
City of IowaCity-1995 
City of Waterloo-2007

Kansas
 City of Lawrence-2011 
 Kentucky 
Jefferson County-1999 
Lexington-Fayette County-1999 City of Covington-2003

 City of Louisville-1999 
 Louisiana 
City of New Orleans-1998 
 Massachusetts - also state law 
City of Boston-2002 
City of Cambridge-1997 
City of Northampton-2005 
 Maryland - also state law 
Howard County-2011 

Montgomery County-2007 City of Baltimore-2002


Michigan 
Saugatuck Township 2007 

City of Ann Arbor-1999 

City of Detroit-2008 

City of East Lansing-2005 

City of Ferndale-2006 

City of Grand Rapids-1994 

City of Huntington Woods-2002 
City of Kalamazoo-2009

 City of Lansing-2006 

City of Saugatuck-2007 
City of Traverse-2011 

City of Ypsilanti-1997 
 Minnesota - also state law 
City of Minneapolis-1975 
City of St. Paul-1990 
 Missouri 
City of Clayton-2011 

City of Columbia-2011 
City of KansasCity-2008 
City of Olivette-2011 
City of St. Louis-2010
 City of UniversityCity-2005 
 Montana
 City of Missoula-2010


Nebraska 
City of Omaha-2012


New Hampshire - state law

New Jersey - state law

New Mexico - state law

New York 
Suffolk County-2001 

Tompkins County-2005 City of Albany-2004 
City of Buffalo-2002 

City of Ithaca-2003 
City of New York-2002 
City of Rochester-2001




Ohio 
Summit County-2009

 City of Akron-2009 

City of Bowling Green-2008 
City of Cincinnati-2006 
City of Cleveland-2009 

City of Columbus-2008 

City of Dayton-2007 

City of Oxford-2008 
City of Toledo-1998 

Village of Yellow Springs-2009

Oregon
 Benton County-1998 

Multnomah County-2001 

City of Beaverton-2004 

City of Bend-2004 
City of Corvallis-2007 

City of Hillsboro-2006 
City of Lake Oswego-2005 
City of LincolnCity-2005 

City of Portland-2000 

City of Salem-2002 
 Pennsylvania
 Erie County-2002 Haverford Township-2011 
Lower Marion Township-2011 
Springfield Township-2011
 Susquehanna Township-2011 

Whitemarsh Township-2011 Jenkinstown Borough-2011

 Lansdowne Borough-2006 
New Hope Borough-2002 

Newton Borough-2011 
State College Borough-2007 

West Chester Borough-2006 

City of Allentown-2002 
City of Bethlehem-2011 
City of Doylestown-2011 

City of Easton-2006 
City of Harrisburg-1983 

City of Philadelphia-2002 
City of Pittsburgh-1997 

City of Scranton-2005 
City of Swarthmore-2006 
City of York-1998


Rhode Island - state law

South Carolina 
City of Charleston-2009 

City of Columbia-2008 
 Texas 
Dallas County-2011 City of Austin-2004 
City of Dallas-2002 
City of El Paso-2003 

City of Fort Worth-2009 
 Utah 
Grand County-2010
 Salt Lake County-2010

 Summit County-2010 

City of Alta-2011

 City of Harrisville-2012 
City of Logan-2010
 City of Park City-2010
 City of Salt Lake-2009

 City of Springdale-2012
 City of West Valley-2010 

City of Midvale-2011

 City of Moab-2011 

City of Murray-2011 
City of Ogden-2011 

City of Taylorsville-2010 
 Vermont - state law

Washington 
King County-2006 

City of Burien-2005 
City of Olympia-2005 
City of Seattle-1986
 City of Tacoma-2002




Wisconsin - also state law 
Dane County-2001 

City of Madison-2000 
City of Milwaukee-2007


West Virginia 
City of Charleston-2007


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