Kansas town to vote on repealing nondiscrimination ordinance

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Voters in Salina, Kan., will decide on Nov. 6 whether to repeal the city’s new ordinance barring discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Salina Journal reports the city commission rejected a motion this week to roll back the protections that took effect in June.

The panel then voted unanimously to put the proposal to repeal the ordinance on the general election ballot.

The commission approved the ordinance in May on a vote of 3-2. The local law bars discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people in housing, employment and public accommodations.

Efforts to roll back the ordinance were led by the Wichita-based Kansas Family Policy Council and a group called Awaken Salina. They collected hundreds of signatures on petitions to get the law repealed.