Last night, Olivette city council passed two measures that solidify the suburb as a welcoming place for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people.The Vital Voice
reports that the council unanimously passed bills 2672 and 2677. The bills create a domestic partnership registry and criminalize discrimination based on sexual orientation or identity.
Domestic partnership registries are not, of course, marriages. But they
are a way for two people in a committed relationship to make their
partnership official. And aside from simply putting a partnership on the
record, the registry could have other uses: For example, employers
could use it as a criterion for extending benefits to partnerships.
city's non-discrimination ordinance is a big step. The state of Missouri has no such
protections on the books. That means that an LGBT person can get fired
or denied housing in much of the state simply for being lesbian, gay,
bisexual or transgender. It's legal, and they have no recourse. In
cities or municipalities with non-discrimination laws -- like St. Louis,
Kansas City, University City and now Olivette -- it's illegal to do that.
can begin registering domestic partnerships in Olivette in September.
Discrimination against LGBT folks is illegal as of the moment the bill
Three cheers for Olivette. Who's next??