Montevallo Becomes Second Alabama City to Pass LGBTQ Nondiscrimination ProtectionsBy Shane Stahl • April 24, 2018 • 10:58 am
This week, the city of Montevallo, AL passed comprehensive, LGBTQ -inclusive nondiscrimination protections, becoming only the second city in the state to do so; Birmingham passed a similar ordinance in 2017.
With the ordinance on the books, LGBTQ residents will be protected from discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations; Alabama as a whole still remains one of 32 states without comprehensive nondiscrimination protections.
In 2015 legislation that could have enacted statewide nondiscrimination protections was tabled in the House, sparking conversation about discrimination that LGBTQ Alabamans face.
The state is clearly building momentum toward a fairer and more equal community: In late 2017, voters rejected notoriously anti-LGBTQ former judge Roy Moore in a special election to fill a vacant U.S. Senate seat, instead electing Doug Jones, who has since gone on to announce his sponsorship of the Equality Act, which would provide comprehensive nondiscrimination protections at the federal level.
When municipalities embrace non-discrimination protections that cover the LGBTQ community, they set an example for other cities and towns in their state – and, more broadly, the nation. Hundreds of cities and towns over the past 40 years have voted to protect public employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, because they know it’s the right thing to do and that no one should face discrimination because of who they are or who they love.
Congratulations to Montevallo – and cheers to continued momentum toward LGBTQ equal treatment across Alabama.