TEMPE, Ariz. — The Tempe City Council on Thursday unanimously approved a city-wide ordinance prohibiting discrimination against gay and transgender individuals in employment, housing and public accommodations.
“We are open for business,” said Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell. “We don’t discriminate. We’re a fabulous community and I think you see that over and over.”
Under the ordinance, businesses or individuals that discriminate in Tempe on the basis of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, gender, religion, national origin, familial status, age, disability and U.S. military veteran status face a civil sanction with a fine up to $2,500.
The ordinance includes exceptions for religious groups and private clubs.
Tempe, home of Arizona State University, was among the first U.S. municipalities to elect an openly gay mayor, Neil Giuliano, who left office a decade ago after four terms as mayor.