The Des Moines City Council will consider an ordinance that would crack down on discrimination against gays and lesbians. City council member Christine Hensley supports the move. A similar Des Moines ordinance barring discrimination against gays and lesbians in employment and housing was shot down in the early 90’s and again in 1998, but Hensley says five of the seven Des Moines city council members back it now, so it’ll pass tonight. She says they sent a letter showing their support and there’s no question it’s going to move forward.Hensley says Des Moines will be the 4th city in Iowa to adopt this kind of policy. She says she’s pleased that Des Moines can pass the ordinance and she hopes it leads to a similar ordinance in the county.Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and Ames have similar ordinances which seek to ban discrimination against homosexuals.
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