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Jackson Hole Becomes First Wyoming Town To Pass LGBT Protections

by Jean Ann Esselink on May 29, 2014

in Discrimination,Jean Ann Esselink,News

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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

 

Jackson Hole Photo via Facebook

 

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{ 4 comments }

Since59 May 29, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Way to go Jackson Hole!

BJLincoln May 29, 2014 at 7:24 pm

Awesome! Be the example of change! Now if this is the "Equality state", when is the rest of it going to join the party?

russellsvocation May 30, 2014 at 10:49 am

Don't worry, NOM or that so called family group headed by Tony Perkins will be there in no time to insist they have standing and must represent the town against itself and try to get the matter repealed in court.

jnmartery May 30, 2014 at 5:56 pm

Unfortunately the story is wrong. This wasn't an ordinance, but an update to the procedural manual. And councilman Don Franks did not make those comments to reporters he made them just before the council voted. You should check your facts before rearranging a blog post and calling it your own. That being said we are very proud of the council and this is a great step in the right direction. Jeran.. Wyoming Equality

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