Council Revisited Discrimination Code, Made No Decisions

At their November 13 meeting, Eureka city councilmembers were asked by former resident Wayne Moots to consider a change to an anti-discrimination housing code, to include the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” The current fair housing code is in place to prevent discrimination in the financing, sale or rental of housing in Eureka based on “race, color, religion or national origin.” At the November 13 meeting, council members wanted time to study the current city code before making a decision.

At their meeting last Monday, city administrator Ian Martell relayed that he was still trying to gather information from other towns with anti-discrimination codes that include sexual orientation and gender identity. Moots provided the council with information from Manhattan, which includes an investigative board for complaints. “We don’t have that kind of manpower,” explained Martell. He also attempted to contact the city of Prairie Village, but was unable to reach their city administrator prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. The council wanted to review the Prairie Village code before making a decision, so the discussion was tabled.


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