Wyoming Enclave Passes Non-Discrimination Ordinance

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The Town Council of Jackson Hole, Wyo., unanimously passed a nondiscrimination ordinance on Monday, reports The Jackson Hole News & Guide

The new legislation outlawed any forms of unequal treatment based on sexual orientation or gender identity regarding housing, employment, and public accommodation  — Wyoming, where Matthew Shepard was murdered in 1998, lacks such a statewide law.

Jackson Hole — located near the home of former Vice President Dick Cheney — has a reputation as a haven for conservative socialites.

Around 75 citizens attended the vote. Crammed into the council chambers, the crowd filled all the seats and even spilled out into the lobby. 

“I’m impressed by and proud of our community for coming together and showing empathy and compassion for everyone,” Mayor Pete Muldoon said after the ordinance passed, “It makes me really happy to live in Jackson right now.”

Although many came in support of expanding LGBT rights, of the 25 public commenters, approximately five opposed the ban on discrimination, claiming it violated their freedom of religion and that was giving queer people a "special privilege." Others said banning LGBT discrimination would equate to discrimination against Christians. 

“I’m looking forward to the day … when this ordinance is completely useless,” Muldoon said. “But we need it today, and I’m happy to support it today.”

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