Last week, the Roeland Park City Council opposed an ordinance granting LGBT people equal protection under the law. But after pressure for a revote, the city council passed the ordinance with Mayor Joel Marquardt breaking the tie.

Roeland Park is the second community in Kansas to pass such an ordinance  

The ordinance, which passed in a five to four vote, prohibits discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. 

During the initial vote on July 21, only 7 of the 8 council members voted and the ordinance failed 4 to 3. Community members pressured the city council for a revote with Councilmember Becky Fast present. 

The ordinance stands to go into effect January 1.  

Cities and counties across the country have ordinances prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. To find out more about what cities are doing to support their LGBT residents and visitors, check out HRC's Municipal Equality Index.

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