The Cedar Falls City Council voted last night -against- changing the city’s non-discrimination ordinance. Some residents wanted the council to add the words “sexual orientation” to the ordinance, saying it would protect residents from losing jobs and homes to discrimination. Cedar Falls city councilwoman Elaine Pfalzgraf was the lone “yes” vote in the six-to-one decision. Pfalzgraf says not including sexual orientation in the ordinance denies people equal access.University of Northern Iowa sociology professor Kent Sandstrom favored the proposal. He says the council should’ve look at the overall history of discrimination. Sandstrom says just because complaints haven’t been filed, that doesn’t mean there isn’t any discrimination.An opponent, Scott Spray, a member of the Cedar Falls Human Rights Commission, says the language was -not- needed. He says they successfully demonstrated there’s not a need for the change and there are some potential negative consequences, including reverse discrimination.Many city leaders across Iowa have taken up the issue. Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Ames and Davenport have adopted similar sexual orientation civil rights amendments. Dubuque, Des Moines and Sioux City voted against the change.
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