Roeland Park defeats sexual orientation ordinance

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ROELAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Council members in a Kansas City suburb have voted down an effort to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance.

The Roeland Park Council voted 4-3 Monday to reject the ordinance.

KSHB-TV reports nearly 200 people packed the council’s meeting and several testified before the vote. Council members have debated the language of the ordinance since February.

The ordinance would have excluded churches, school districts and non-profit groups.

Currently, Lawrence is the only city in Kansas that has included sexual orientation and gender identity in its anti-discrimination ordinance. Kansas City, Missouri, has a similar ordinance.

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