Wichita, Kansas 2021-06-13 23:29:13 –
Wichita, Kansas (KSNW) – The Wichita City Council can vote on Tuesday to add a non-discrimination ordinance.
However, the proposed city ordinance is already controversial before the vote.
“That’s not enough,” said Kerry Wilks, chair of Equality Kansas.
Wilkes states that the ordinance does not have enforcement, so it has no teeth.
“A marginalized community, including the LGBTQ community, needs a enforceable policy,” Wilks said. “We are genuine and need help, not just words.”
Mayor Brandon Whipple said the executives are in the process of work.
“We need to put something in the book,” Whipple said. “Currently, the government can ensure that this is done with contracts and people doing business with the city. It’s easy.”
Whipple says he is working with the Human Rights Campaign to draft the ordinance. This is because the group is the national standard for this type of policy.
“We will continue to improve our language and make it as compelling as possible,” Whipple said. “Therefore, the policy intent is achieved.”
Wilkes fears that the ordinance would not achieve equality without immediate enforcement.
“There are reasons why we need these policies,” Wilks said. “People are fired because they are gay. People are kicked out of their homes and apartments because they are gay.”
Wichita implemented a non-discrimination urban policy in the 1970s. Some of them were abolished by voters after a while. The rest of the policies were abolished in the 1990s.
“Yes, we need this, and we’ll get it right,” Whipple said.
The council will take policy-based action on Tuesday.
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