"I believe it is appropriate for our community to make a stand that says we oppose discrimination against individuals of this category," Luecke said. There is ample evidence locally and nationally of discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people to warrant protective language in the law, Luecke said . . . "I believe it's not only appropriate but important for the city of South Bend to make a statement for fair housing, fair employment for individuals of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender orientation," he said.
And while Luecke was being pressured to make the proposal voluntary rather than mandatory, he would hear nothing of it. He supports mandatory compliance. Luecke had this to say at the first public hearing on the recently proposed ordinance. The city council plans to hold two more hearings on the ordinance before scheduling a vote before the full council on June 26.
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