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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 10:31 AM

Webster Groves Council expands housing anti-discrimination protections to include sexual orientation

The Webster Groves City Council has unanimously approved an amendment to the cityís Fair Housing Code that supporters say will protect renters and buyers from being discriminated against based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The councilís action, taken Tuesday night, doesnít go as far as the anti-discrimination ordinances recently approved by the St. Louis County Council and several county municipalities, which also applied to employment and public accommodations.

Still, some gay-rights supporters praised the councilís action. "I celebrate that the movement for nondiscrimination is rolling forward in Webster Groves thanks to the City Councilís readiness to pass a Fair Housing ordinance that protects LGBT citizens," says Deb Krause of Eden Theological Seminary.

"As a faith leader and a 20-year Webster Groves resident, I pray that this important action will be followed soon by ordinances to ensure fairness for all with regard to employment and public accommodations. Webster Groves is a community too great to discriminate!"


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