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West Valley leaders approve LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance

WEST VALLEY CITY (Deseret News) — The West Valley City Council approved an ordinance Tuesday night that will protect the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community from discrimination on housing or employment in the city.

West Valley becomes the fifth Utah municipality to implement ordinances to protect residents from housing or employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

West Valley leaders' action follows those of officials in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Park City and most recently Logan in extending the statewide Utah Antidiscrimination Act to include protections for the LGBT community in their areas.

As the City Council meeting opened the floor for residents to speak, again and again they voiced their support for the ordinance.

"I'm a property owner," said Stacia Ireland, a West Valley resident. "I don't have to worry about being kicked out of my apartment. I'm retired. I don't have to worry about my job being threatened. But I know there are people out there who do have these concerns."

The "grass-roots feel" of support for the ordinance was something Brandie Balken, executive director of Equality Utah, noted about each municipality that has passed such laws. Original article