Anti-Discrimination Resolution Introduced In Cheyenne Council
A resolution that expresses opposition to all forms of discrimination was formally introduced at Monday's Cheyenne City Council meeting.
The proposal is not an ordinance or law, and Mayor Rick Kaysen says it "won't change anything specifically for the City of Cheyenne government." Instead, it merely is a statement identifying the city's belief that any form of discrimination is wrong.
The proposal is co-sponsored by council members Bryan Cook, Richard Johnson, Scott Roybal, Jeff White and Annette Williams.
The proposal will now move on to the council's Public Service Committee on October 19 for public comment and will probably be voted on by the full city council at its' next regular meeting on Oct. 24.
The resolution reads as follows:
WHEREAS, diversity is a critical component of a thriving, successful municipality; WHEREAS, in today’s world, discrimination occurs far too often on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, family status, veteran status, disability, marital status or source of income. Discrimination is wrong and presents a stumbling block to the pursuit of full equality;
WHEREAS, tolerance and acceptance will strengthen Cheyenne as a community, deepening bonds between neighbors and fostering a welcoming environment;
WHEREAS, a commitment to diversity will enhance the local economy, creating a positive-forward thinking environment that will help attract business and create jobs;
WHEREAS, to further these goals, the City of Cheyenne is in the process of modifying its own internal and personnel policies to additionally prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity;
WHEREAS, the city of Cheyenne will support a comprehensive state law that addresses hiring, housing and accommodation to prevent discrimination against LGBT employees and citizens and their families; NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City of Cheyenne, in regular session duly assembled, it is the policy of the City to reject discrimination of any kind and to respect the inherent worth of every person, with regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, family status, veteran status, disability, marital status, or source of income.
DATED this __th day of ___, 2016. CITY OF CHEYENNE, WYOMING ____________________________________ Richard L. Kaysen, Mayor
Attest: ______________________________________ Carol Intlekofer, City Clerk