EQ AZ Applauds Tempe City Council for Passing Anti-discrimination Ordinance
TEMPE, ARIZ. – Equality Arizona commends members of the Tempe City Council for passing an anti-discrimination ordinance that will extend protections to the LGBTQ community.
The ordinance received unanimous support, passing 7-0 at the Thursday night council meeting. EQ AZ President Rebecca Wininger thanked council members for working closely with the organization to develop the new ordinance.
“The Tempe City Council did an amazing job of recruiting help from Equality Arizona, Lambda Legal and other LGBTQ advocacy organizations to make sure this ordinance was well-crafted and inclusive,” Wininger said. “I want to express my gratitude to the council for being leaders in the movement for equality.”
Tempe City Councilman and EQ AZ Board Member Corey Woods added that it took a coordinated, group effort to pass the ordinance.
“Each and every member of our council shares a real commitment to fairness and equal opportunity for all of our residents,” Woods said. “Together, we worked for more than six months to craft an ordinance that would continue to move Tempe forward. I also want to express my sincere gratitude to City Attorney Judi Baumann and Diversity Office Director Rosa Inchausti, who spent countless hours drafting the language and seeking community and stakeholder input. The support this ordinance received is an indication of the kind of community we are. Tempe is truly a city committed to being open, inclusive and diverse.”
Wininger said that the newly expanded protections in Tempe highlight the strength of the equality movement in Arizona.
“The work we are doing to achieve equality for the LBGTQ community in Arizona is building momentum,” Wininger said. “It is no longer a matter of if, but of when. Together, we took another big step toward our goal today.”
Equality Arizona’s mission is to secure, protect, and defend the rights and welfare of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Arizona. The organization works to organize the movement for equality, educate voters, and influence policymakers. EQ AZ continues to advocate for safe schools legislation and policies protecting students from anti-LGBTQ bullying, inclusive nondiscrimination and hate crimes protections statewide, and equal legal recognition of gay and lesbian couples.
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