It is now illegal in Jackson to discriminate against another person based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Dozens from around Wyoming crammed into the Town Council chambers this evening, filling seats and lining the walls, spilling out into the lobby. Before this throng of about 75 people, the council tied the knot on the nondiscrimination ordinance, outlawing unequal treatment of LGBTQ people regarding housing, employment or public accommodation.
“I’m impressed by and proud of our community for coming together and showing empathy and compassion for everyone,” Mayor Pete Muldoon said after a unanimous vote. “It makes me really happy to live in Jackson right now.”
Of 25 or so public commenters, about five opposed the ban on discrimination, most arguing it violated their First Amendment right to freedom of religion and association. Others denounced it as a “special privilege” for one group, and as a potential means of discrimination against Christians.
But the majority praised the law as an important message of inclusion, and a much-needed protection for a group that they argue remains marginalized in the Equality State.
“I’m looking forward to the day … when this ordinance is completely useless,” Muldoon said. “But we need it today, and I’m happy to support it today.”