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MRH School Board Supports City Anti-Discrimination Amendment, City Council Again Tables Vote

An amendment to the city's code to include sexual orientation and gender identity regarding discrimination is to be tabled for the second meeting, despite the school board's position.

For the , the has tabled an ordinance that would include sexual orientation and gender identity in various sections of the city's code regarding discrimination.

The ordinance is on the agenda for the June 12 meeting, but the Public Agenda Notes for the meeting state that it is being requested to be tabled.

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That, in spite of Maplewood mayor James White and the city council having received a letter, dated June 6, from the Maplewood Richmond Heights school board that supports the city council in making the amendment.

"We felt very strongly about it," said school board president Maria Langston. "It came up for a discussion, and we felt that we wanted to send a letter to the mayor that we would support that if they were to take that action."

She said MRH has its own anti-discrimination policy.

Below is the text of the letter from the school board to Mayor White and the council:

Mayor White and the Maplewood City Council,

We, the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District, would like to support your efforts to extend basic nondiscrirnination protections to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in employment, housing and public accommodations.

We join the cities of Richmond Heights, Clayton, Olivette and University City that have taken a stand against this form of discrimination. St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley is also supporting these efforts across St. Louis County.

Let us end discrimination for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Maplewood.

mormit June 13, 2012 at 04:58 AM
MRH school board again showing true leadership on an issue.

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