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Oklahoma City adds sexual orientation to city’s non-discrimination policy

Friday, November 18, 2011

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Council this week voted to add sexual orientation to the city’s employment non-discrimination policy after a debate that lasted more than half of the council meeting.

The measure was approved by a vote of 7-2.

Gay and bisexual Oklahoma City employees and job applicants now have explicit protection against discrimination in city offices, reported The Oklahoman.

The number of speakers for and against the measure was about even, though it seemed the majority of the people in attendance were against the measure. Some speakers were applauded when they finished their comments, and the applause was loudest and longest for those who spoke against it.

In general, speakers against the measure cited religion and opposition to adding a class not protected by federal or state law to the city’s policy as their reasons.

Speakers in favor of the measure generally spoke about a desire for fairness and equality.

Since the council meeting, one Oklahoma pastor — who spoke in opposition to the ordinance — said he has now been receiving death threats.

Rev. Paul Blair, of Fairview Baptist Church in Edmond, said his church office received at least ten phone calls, each becoming more threatening and violent as the previous calls.

Blair said he was opposed to the city’s new policy is because it would create a special class of protection based on a person’s behavior.

The council ordinance only applies to city employees and not any private businesses.

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11 more reader comments:

  1. WHOA really? One of the most conservative places, now that’s just crazy.. people really are changing =)

    Posted on Friday, November 18, 2011 at 9:24pm
  2. So unexpected but ecstatic for the change! Congrats OKC!

    Posted on Friday, November 18, 2011 at 9:27pm
  3. yeeee buddy

    Posted on Friday, November 18, 2011 at 9:30pm
  4. WTF?! Its a TRAP! Where is that batshit crazy Sally person?

    Posted on Friday, November 18, 2011 at 9:30pm
  5. Im sure gays are calling him and threatening him, yeah right buddy preach it to the choir.

    Posted on Friday, November 18, 2011 at 9:31pm
  6. i think its funny the preacher saying he is now getting death threats for speaking out against it. lol im sure he has been preaching hate for years without any threat why now? way to go OKC

    Posted on Friday, November 18, 2011 at 9:35pm
  7. Likely OKC is seeing the light as regards major business entities are avoiding metro areas that discriminate. As I say, hit that pocketbook and its amazing how quickly things change.

    Posted on Friday, November 18, 2011 at 9:41pm
  8. I have lived in a lot of conservative places and I don’t find Oklahoma City one of the most conservative places.

    Posted on Friday, November 18, 2011 at 11:17pm
  9. its just that one senator whos very conservative.

    Posted on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 4:03am
  10. Rock that! Hope the rest of the world follows suit!

    Posted on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 4:41am
  11. I live in a city with protection and I still live in fear.

    Posted on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 11:22am