Council postpones decision on gay discrimination ordinance

Proposed ordinances to protect gay people from discrimination in Housing and Employment got mixed reactions from members of the Logan Municipal Council Tuesday night. Councilmember Herm Olsen proposed an ordinance similar to one adopted by the Salt Lake City Council which he says the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints felt comfortable with. Council Chairman Jay Monson was supportive, but councilmember Dean Quayle had concerns. “I’m somewhat uncomfortable with this, just adding another category to this list of people that are discriminated against,” Quayle said. “Why don’t we add obese? Why don’t add those with poor hygene? Why don’t we add smokers? Why don’t we add pet owners? “You see in housing adds all the time these are discriminated against. It just seems like, to me, that we’re just bit by bit picking at the problem. Simply couldn’t we say we don’t discriminate, period, without all these categories?” Councilmember Holly Daines said she is concerned about creating another layer of bureaucracy and Laraine Swenson suggested that the state should be the entity dealing with this issue. The council decided to table the issue until their first meeting in August.

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