Kokomo Mayor signs LGBT ordinance into law

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KOKOMO, Ind. (WISH) — After the Kokomo City Council passed the LGBT ordinance, Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight has signed it into law.

According to the mayor’s press secretary, he signed the ordinance into law Tuesday morning.

It was a packed house at the Kokomo City Council meeting Monday night.

The doors closed after reaching max capacity. Many people waited in line for their chance to talk to the council before the vote.

“I want everyone here to understand that my life will not affect anyone else but mine,” said Valaree St. Clair, who supports the ordinance.

“If I were to be myself, wear makeup and woman’s clothes and go into the men’s bathroom, I will put myself up to hate, name calling,” said Brooklyn Leigh, who supports the ordinance.

Many spoke with passion supporting the ordinance while others spoke against it.

“This legislation is a bad legislation because it opens Pandora’s box,” said one man.

“To take rights away from one certain group to give it to another is simply wrong and I ask that you not pass this tonight,” said another man.

Council members sat through public comments for more than an hour before voting five to four.  They passed an ordinance that includes gender identity, sexual orientation, age, martial and veteran status.

The ordinance would provide protection from discrimination at work, housing, and public accommodations.

Those supporting the legislation filled the room with cheers after the vote.

Council members from both sides said it’s a win depending on who you ask.

“I’m really excited. I think this sends a message across the state across the nation that we are an inclusive we are a welcoming we are a state of community we’re a great place to raise a family,” said Steve Whikehart, Kokomo councilman at large.

“I just think this ordinance trumps those people who hold to their religious conscious in making decisions about their businesses and how they want to serve the community,” said Cindy Sanders, Kokomo 5th District.

A city spokesperson said the mayor will sign the legislation Tuesday morning.

If someone files a complaint, the human rights commission will review the complaint, go through a process to try to mediate and resolve the dispute.

If the court finds enough evidence for discrimination they will be fined $2,000 dollars, according to councilman Whikehart.

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