There was heated debate among alderman and scriptures read by citizens as the Davenport City Council moved closer to protecting sexual preference from discrimination with a gay rights ordinance. The vote was 7-3 in favor of approval on the first reading of the ordinance to amend the city’s civil rights code to include sexual orientation as a protected class. Alderman George Nicholas questions the protection the provision would create. He says it doesn’t protect short people or fat people or a lot of other people who have no civil rights rights per se.Alderman Roland Caldwell says the city needs to send a message of tolerance to the community.The second and final reading is also expected to pass in two weeks. Ames, Cedar Rapids & Iowa City have similar city ordinances.
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