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Oklahoma Bill Threatens Municipal Non-Discrimination Policies

Call It OutPost submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

Anti-LGBT Oklahoma lawmaker Mike Reynolds (R-Oklahoma City) is at it again. Just a week after his bill to reinstate an even more extreme version of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in the Oklahoma National Guard was killed in the state House of Representatives, he's now pushing a bill that would limit protections for municipal employees to only those available to state employees.

Oklahoma's non-discrimination policies do not cover sexual orientation or gender identity.

Should HB 2245 pass, any existing municipalities that offer protections including sexual orientation or gender identity would have those classes nullified from their non-discrimination policies.

The bill is scheduled for a hearing before the Oklahoma House Judiciary Committee Monday. The Equality Network has more information on this bill and other pieces of anti-LGBT legislation in Oklahoma.

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