Board wants ‘justice for everyone’
Members pass first reading of human rights ordinance
By Kathryn Fiegen
Iowa City Press-Citizen
The Johnson County Board of Supervisors on Thursday took the first step to protect people against discrimination based on sexual orientation.
The board unanimously passed the first reading of a new human rights ordinance.
The Iowa State Civil Rights Act does not offer protection against discrimination based on marital status, sexual and gender orientation in employment, education, housing and public services, said supervisor Rod Sullivan.
Sullivan said the board was the first county-level group in the state to attempt such an ordinance.
"I think it is one of those things — sometimes you pass ordinances, and you hope you never have to use them," Sullivan said. "What we really want is justice for everyone."
The final two votes will occur next week.
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