MESA, AZ — (04-07-21) — An anti-LGBTQ group is trying to get the LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance on the ballot, as they have turned in over 11,000 petition signatures to get the outrageous action on the ballot.

Homophobes at the United For Mesa organization want to repeal the Mesa City Council’s ordinance that was passed on March 1, effectively banning discrimination in employment, housing, and places of public accommodation based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, veteran’s status, marital status, genetic information, or familial status.

United for Mesa, the anti-LGBTQ organization created for the sol purpose of repealing the ordinance that gives LGBTQ protections against discrimination in the state’s third-largest city.

The group submitted petition to City Clerk Dee Ann Mickelsen’s office last Thursday. Now the signatures must be verified before they are considered valid. According to Arizona’s state law, it only takes 9,093 valid voter signatures to get the question on the ballot.

Meanwhile, another Arizona city, Scottsdale, is currently debating their own LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination bill. The Scottsdale City Council is scheduled to vote on their legislation on April 20. Phoenix, Tempe, Chandler, Sedona, Tucson, and Flagstaff already have LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances in place.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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