Tempe voters to consider adding protections for LGBT city workers

Staff Reports

TEMPE, Ariz. — The city of Tempe could become the first city in Arizona to include sexual orientation as a protected class from workplace discrimination if voters approve a landmark city ordinance on Tuesday.

Tempe-ArizProposition 475 would add sexual orientation and veteran status to the list of protected classes for city workers, reports KTAR.

Tempe City Councilman Kolby Granville says the amendment has been a longtime coming for LGBT residents of Tempe, but it’s up to the voters to pass.

“It is really a landmark thing, frankly, and I have a lot of faith in the residents of Tempe to pass it,” he said. “I think we’re the right city for it, and I think this is the right time for it.”

Currently, sexual orientation is a protected class under the city code, but amending Tempe’s charter would make those protections permanent.

If the proposition passes, Granville said it would be nearly impossible to amend in the future.

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