Jackson, Mississippi passes LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance

City lawmakers in Jackson, Mississippi’s capital and largest city, voted on Tuesday to pass a nondiscrimination ordinance aimed at protecting people on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.  The vote was unanimous.

City Councilman Tyrone Hendrix, who introduced the policy, told The Clarion-Ledger, “I think that this City Council along with the mayor have said repeatedly that Jackson is not a place that will tolerate discrimination of any kind.  Tonight’s vote was just more evidence of our sentiments.”  The council also voted to add gender identity to Jackson’s hate crimes law.

In April the city passed a resolution condemning a so-called “religious freedom” bill passed by state legislators and signed into law by Governor Phil Bryant.  At the time the mayor and council members stated that the state law unfairly targeted the LGBT people and ought to be repealed.

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