Maplewood, MO Passes Ordinance To Prevent LGBT Discrimination
MAPLEWOOD, MO (KTVI) Ė Controversy at Maplewood City Hall Tuesday night, as an ordinance to prevent LGBT discrimination narrowly passed in a 4 to 3 vote.
During public comments, about a dozen people made passionate pleas for both sides of the issue. One resident said the ordinance isnít about whether folks think homosexuality is right or wrong; itís about stopping bullying and hate crimes.
Some who spoke out against the ordinance say it isnít right for the city to force beliefs on its residents. Maplewood resident Karen Lightfoot was one of them. She says, ďI am disappointed. I think in the long run the cityís going to regret this. I think there will be lawsuits.Ē
Maplewood City Councilman Tim Dunn, who spearheaded the effort to pass the ordinance, isnít surprised by the controversy. He explains, ďAmericaís still a bit puritanical, those words just get people uneasy. So am I surprised? No.Ē