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Asheville’s Antidiscrimination/ Antibullying/ Domestic Partner Registry Resolution

The resolution sends a strong message to a largely hostile state legislature that Asheville recognises the contributions of an LGBT citizenry that is three times larger than the national average and that the city values this sector of its population.

On Tuesday, February 22nd, a resolution will be introduced to Asheville’s City Council to:
 
1. Extend the city’s employment discrimination clause to include “sexual orientation”,
“gender”, and “gender identity or expression”;
2. Enact an anti-bullying ordinance for all city institutions and grounds;
3. Create a Domestic Partner Registry to recognize same-sex relationships for the purposes of
providing documentation and offering a mechanism through which hospitals, businesses, and
other entities will have the opportunity to recognize these relationships; and
4. Endorse and support the rights of same-sex couples to share fully and equally in the
familial rights and responsibilities of civil marriage.
 
The resolution sends a strong message to a largely hostile state legislature that Asheville recognises the contributions of an LGBT citizenry that is three times larger than the national average and that the city values this sector of its population.
 
The meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m.  Please arrive early to show your support.
 
If you haven’t already done so, please sign and encourage your friends and family to sign the resolution: http://nccommit.org/.  The complete text of the resolution is also available at the site.   People who live in Asheville are especially needed; however, we need your signature too if you work in Asheville, do business in Asheville, or visit Asheville.
 
For press coverage of this issue, go to:  http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20110126/NEWS/301260029, http://www.mountainx.com/news/2008/local_clergy_push_city_council_to_pass_equality_resolution, and http://www2.wspa.com/news/2011/jan/25/gay-rights-gets-religious-support-asheville-ar-1383941/.
 
James Dye, an active member, sent me this to encourage members of other groups to participate.
Again, Thank you.     Browne Hollowell

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