Petition To Repeal Salina Ordinance Change Delivered
KSAL Staff - Tue 12:17 PM 08/21/2012
A group of people opposed to a controversial ordinance change in Salina that protects gay, lesbian, and transgender citizens from discrimination delivered a petition Tuesday.
Awaken Salina and the Kansas Family Policy Council delivered 2,325 petition signatures. The signatures collected represent over 1, 000 in excess of the 1,297 valid signatures required.
Saline County Clerk Don Merriman tells KSAL News that his office will begin to validate the signatures. Each must be a registered voter in the city of Salina. He says that it could be early next week before he is finished. He says that once he reaches 1,297 valid signatures he will stop.
Back on May 14th , by a 3 - 2 vote, Salina City Commissioners elected to change the anti-discrimination ordinance to include sexual orientation and gender identity. The ordinance prohibits discrimination of gay, lesbian, or transgender residents in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodations.
The May 14th meeting was the culmination of several months of discussion, and public meetings on the issue. As part of the process, the city hosted three public forums on the issue. The Salina Human Relations Commission also twice discussed the issue. Those commissioners voted 7 - 1 to recommend that the city pass the ordinance change.
If at least 1, 297 signatures are validated on the petition, the city commission will have to either rescind the ordinance change, or schedule a public vote within 90 days. The vote more than likely would be part of the November general election.