Carmel passes LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance in 4 to 3 vote

CARMEL, Ind. (AP) — An ordinance that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity has been approved by the Carmel City Council.

The council narrowly voted 4 to 3 in favor of the anti-discrimination ordinance on Monday. The council considered the ordinance after the Indianapolis suburb’s finance committee voted last week to recommend the proposal’s passage. The committee amended the proposal so that a first offense gets a warning, with additional offenses calling for a fine of up to $500 each day.

Mayor Jim Brainard and several council members had previously said Carmel should take action following the passage of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Similar measures proposed in Elkhart and Goshen never made it to a vote.

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