Many carried signs with messages of support or opposition to a proposed city ordinance that council members will put to vote in Tuesday night's meeting. The ordinance, Chapter 119, would amend Fayetteville Code to protect the Civil Rights of Fayetteville citizens and visitors and to create a Civil Rights Administrator position for the city.
Chapter 119, has been a hot button issue since its first reading in July as dozens came to each of the two readings to voice concern to city leaders. The language of the proposed ordinance aims to The "protect and safeguard the right and opportunity of all persons to be free from discrimination based on real or perceived race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, familial status, marital status, socioeconomic background, religion, sexual orientation, disability and veteran status."
Matthew Petty, the councilman who proposed the amendment says it promotes "the public health and welfare of all persons who live or work in the City of Fayetteville and to ensure that all persons within the City have equal access to employment, housing, and public accommodations."
But opponents to Chapter 119 say is too broad and infringes on First Amendment rights.
The meeting begins tonight at 5:30 though there are 10 items in front of the issue on the council agenda. Read the entire agenda HERE.
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