Vanderburgh Co. adds LGBT protections to anti-discrimination rules

Vanderburgh Co. adds LGBT protections to anti-discrimination rules

VANDERBURGH CO., IN (WFIE) - Vanderburgh County now has a new Human Relations ordinance, which is like the city ordinance in some ways.

The commission voted 2-1 to add disability, age, sexual orientation, and gender identity to the current human relations ordinance.

That basically brings it in line with the city's ordinance with one exception. The county's ordinance is voluntary.

That means if someone files a complaint with the local Human Relations Commission, it would be up to that business or organization that the complaint is filed against if they want to comply or not.

Many people spoke out for and against the amendments, including one woman who says the commission needs to deal with facts and not perception.

Commissioners Ben Shoulders and Cheryl Musgrave voted for the amendments.

Commission President Bruce Ungethiem voted against it, saying he doesn't like lists created for discrimination and everyone should have the same rights.

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