A gay rights amendment to Davenport’s civil rights ordinance made it through committee Thursday & will go before the full City Council next week. It would prohibit discrimination against homosexuals, according to Judy Moral, director of the Davenport Civil Rights Commission.Moral says the city would -not- be offering special protection to anyone. She says it would just be offering -equal- protection for all people.Some city council members, like Alderman George Nicholas, disagree with Moral’s call to add “sexual preference” to the list of protected classes.Only three Iowa cities have passed such gay rights ordinances: Ames, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. Dubuque considered a proposal last August, which was rejected.
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