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Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity Ordinance Tabled in Maplewood

Councilman Tim Dunn brought it to the city council, and it was on the May 22 agenda, but was tabled. Some Maplewood residents weren't happy about that.

Will join some nearby communities and add gender identity and sexual orientation to its non-discrimination policies?

Councilman Shawn Faulkingham said on his Facebook page on March 28, that he was interested in adding those specifics to Maplewood's non-discrimination policies.

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He said , , , Olivette and The now include that language to their non-discrimination definitions, and asked for feedback.

He got five positive public responses and one negative to his question.

“I think it is sad it even needs to be written,” Chrys Fincannon Kramer said.  “(In my opinion) it should be a given. However, I am against more government in general, so I don't think it should be added in the ordinances.”

“I think it's a great idea!” Logan Faulkingham said. “Even though there shouldn't be a "law"about it people should treat each other equally but that's too much to ask for.”

Katie Gietschier Meyers, Mary Kunce and Gwen said they were for it.

“Yes, please do it,” Brad Chester said. “There are a good number of lgbt (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) people in Maplewood and this would mean a lot to all of us. I never had an issue with being gay in Maplewood, but I still think it’s a great idea and a nice statement for this wonderful city to do.”

Councilman Tim Dunn proposed an ordinance to make the change, and it was on the agenda for the May 22 council meeting but it was tabled. Faulkingham said some members wanted to discuss it more before voting.

Patch announced the tabling on Facebook, which prompted negative comments.

“I can say that the council should know that failing to amend the code of ordinances to prohibit discrimination will have a negative impact on the amount of money I spend in the Maplewood business district on my way home every day,” Garrick Stolz said.

“Tabled?! So much for progress. :( Harrumph,” Michele Bequette said.

Katie Gietschier Meyers wondered why, and for how the long the tabling would be.

“Change is slow but will come!” said Mary Kunce.

Angel May 23, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Shawn, this is a great idea. I was happy to hear Richmond Heights did it. It would be wonderful for our community to add it to our non-discrimination policies too.
David Smith May 24, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Maplewood has grown so much over the past ~15 years. They need to keep growing and a sure way to do that is to add gender identity and sexual orientation to their non-discrimination policies.
Larry May 25, 2012 at 12:14 PM
I oppose the criminalizing of being gay. I oppose not hiring or firing of people based on their being gay. I oppose refusing to rent to gay people based on their being gay. However, I also oppose this type of legislation. It is used to accuse people who do not accept the gay lifestyle of being hateful and discriminatory. Read some of the blog postings by gay supporters. They are full of bile against those not agreeing with them. This legilation is used as a basis for silencing dissenters as hatefulness can be in the perceiver as well as in those being perceived. It is far from tolerance and is really quite suppressive.

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