Vote: Should Creve Coeur Add LGBT Anti-Discrimination Language?
Ward 1 Councilwoman Beth Kistner said this week she plans to propose legislation on the issue.
Creve Coeur would not be the first municipality in St. Louis County to address the issue of gay rights and discrimination if the city moves in the future to add sexual orientation and gender identity to its list of protected classes under the city's anti-discrimination ordinances.
Richmond Heights made the move in March. As Clayton-Richmond Heights Patch reported at the time, two Richmond Heights Councilmembers opposed the decision.
District 3 Councilman Ed Notter said the council is "continuing to roll over" at the request of a handful of people. He referenced Richmond Heights' decision to allow backyard chickens as opposed to putting the issue on the ballot.
District 2 Councilman Mike Jones said at that time, no complaints about such discrimination had been placed with the city or the St. Louis County Circuit Court. He pointed out that neither St. Louis County nor the state of Missouri have laws on the books prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
"I'm having a hard time saying that we're going to enforce their laws when there are no laws," Jones said.
Creve Coeur Ward 1 Counciwoman Beth Kistner said the idea made good business sense and good social sense when she brought it up to fellow council members on Monday.
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