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South Bend Council Passes LGBT Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

After hours of testimony in a packed house, the South Bend Common Council has voted 6-3 in favor of a new ordinance barring discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, education and public accommodations.

WSBT reports that about 300 people attended last night’s public hearing, many staying well past midnight to share their testimony.

South Bend, Ind., has seen two previous anti-discrimination ordinances fail in 2006 and 2010. Local advocates, working as South Bend Equality, were instrumental in this third effort’s success, educating the public and members of city council about discrimination faced by LGBT people.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg spoke out in favor of the amendment at Monday's hearing. "Ultimately this is about something very simple. Is it or is it not acceptable to discriminate against employees for reasons not related to their job performance? The answer in my view and that of most Americans is no."

The amended ordinance goes into effect April 6.

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