An anti-discrimination ordinance going before the Flagstaff City Council tomorrow night is inching closer toward adoption.
Several Councilmembers had previously gone on record in opposition to an ordinance that would create legal protections for sexual orientation, gender identity and veterans in the areas employment and public accommodations. But they have now indicated they could support an amended version of the ordinance if penalties are lowered.
The current version of the ordinance would allow for stiff city-imposed fines and other penalties for businesses and individuals found to be violating the new proposed law. Excluded are businesses of fewer than 15 employees, religious-based organizations and "expressive groups" like the Boy Scouts.
City officials have been given legal advice that the newly created protected classes could not be extended to housing, which is covered by federal laws for a small city the size of Flagstaff.
A draft of the new ordinance will be discussed at Tuesday night’s Council meeting at Flagstaff City Hall.
Read more in tomorrow’s print edition of the Arizona Daily Sun.