LGBT ordinance amendment off the table for Goshen City Council

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By: Danielle Waldron dwaldron@elkharttruth.com

The proposed LGBT ordinance amendment won’t go to a vote to the Goshen City Council, at least not this year, but the issue could come up in a future executive order from the mayor’s office. 

The group was set to vote on the amendment — which would extend protections to the LGBT community — Tuesday night, Aug. 4, according to 95.3 MNC’s reporting partners at The Elkhart Truth

Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman sent a news release Monday night, Aug. 3, stating the council would not take the issue to vote. Goshen City Council president Jim McKee and councilmen at-large Brett Weddell and Jeremy Stutsman agreed to table the proposal, the Truth reports. 

City council members will listen to input at the end of Tuesday night’s meeting in a town hall-style discussion, according to the news release. Only individuals with a Goshen connection — such as being a city resident, owning a business in town or living in the Goshen Community Schools district — will be allowed to speak and speaking time will be limited.

Kauffman also stated in the news release that he will consider issuing an executive order in accordance with a recent ruling by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that cases of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity can already be heard based on the already protected class of sex.

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