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Council Amends Sexual Orientation Code

EUGENE, Ore. — At the work session Wednesday, Eugene city councilors approved an amendment to a city code that will offer more protection to gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgendered people.

Councilors say the previous city code wasn’t in line with the state.

Lawmakers modified the state’s definition in 2007 to forbid discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

“I think for our community we should do this, and clearly we need to protect people with respect to gender identity as well as sexual orientation, which we already do. We’re not only seeing discrimination, but we’re seeing violence and that needs to stop,” said Alan Zelenka, Eugene City Councilor.

This change in city code simply aligns language with protected class definitions in state law.

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