The resort city of Jackson Hole has claimed the honor of being the first locale in Wyoming – “the equality state” – to pass a non-discrimination ordinance that includes LGBT citizens.
The Jackson Hole Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to add sexual orientation and gender identity to its policy manual which governs hiring, personnel, and employment practices for the town.
While tempers ran hot and voices were raised in Houston as the city council considered similar protections, the public comment session in Jackson Hole was brief and composed.
Mark Houser, with Jackson Hole PFLAG, spoke in favor of adding the LGBT protections, telling the council that same-sex couples currently employed by the town would “benefit tremendously” from the additions. He also spoke to the “strong positive message” this would send to Jackson’s youth.
No residents spoke in opposition to the adding the protections. Not one.
After the vote, Councilman Don Franks told reporters:
“Even though the town has been following this practice unofficially, acknowledgment in writing is the finest example the community can set.”
Jackson Hole mayor, Republican Mark Barron, agreed that updating the manual is the right thing to do.
h/t HRC Blog
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