Phoenix Mayor Lays Groundwork For LGBT Protections

Phoenix, Arizona Mayor Greg Stanton has convened a group of attorneys to draft ordinances that would protect the LGBT community from discrimination. Under current law, victims of such discrimination do not even have the opportunity to file complaints with the city’s Equal Opportunity Department. This became a problem in February when the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel ejected a lesbian couple for hugging and kissing in the hotel’s restaurant and the couple had no legal recourse for the unfair treatment. The City Council may resist the effort, due to reports that its members have privately shared their opposition to LGBT issues.