A lengthy Fairmont city council meeting saw passage of a human rights ordinance.
The ordinance re-enacts a human rights commission (Article 175) and adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of groups protected by the commission. Dozens of Fairmont residents spoke at the hearing, both for and against the ordinance. The ordinance passed by a vote of seven to two. Council said they have some concern because some of those in attendance at Tuesday night’s meeting were using bathroom equality issues as a hot button topic.
"they were indoctrinated the family policy council to use the bathroom issues at the hot button, and it was the hot button for most of the people that called me. I don't think the facts of the human rights commission were talked about enough," said Fairmont Mayor, Tom Mainella.
Council also expressed they hope that this commission will be helpful for anyone who feels that they are discriminated against for any reason. They also state that the ordinance has nothing to do with controlling who uses which bathroom.