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Chamblee Ga Protects Gays


The city council in Chamblee, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta, has voted to prohibit discrimination against gay and lesbian municipal workers.

"If you're gay or lesbian, you shouldn't be fired if you put up a picture of your partner," said councilman Mark Wedge, who sponsored the resolution, reports TheAtlanta Journal-Constitution. "That shouldn't happen to anybody."

While the city council voted unanimously to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, there was not enough support to extend similar protections for transgender employees.

The ordinance passed in November, but it was not widely reported. There was no public support or opposition to the bill. The city council decided to vote on the measure with the hopes of attracting gay individuals to the area in order to bolster the economy.

Currently, Atlanta, Clarkston, Decatur, and Doraville are the only other cities in Georgia to protect their gay employees, and only Atlanta, Decatur, and Doraville ban employment discrimination based on gender identity.

Read more at TheAtlanta Journal-Constitution.

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