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Lenexa leaders approve non-discrimination ordinance

City follows others in Johnson County
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Posted at 11:12 AM, Oct 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-02 12:12:40-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Another Johnson County has taken steps to extend legal protections for LGBTQ+ people.

The Lenexa City Council on Tuesday unanimously passed a non-discrimination ordinance, as well as two other measures related to civil rights, according to a spokeswoman for the city.

The ordinance approved by council members prohibits discrimination in employment, public accommodations and housing. The council also amended a certificate of non-discrimination, used in some city contracts, to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Lastly, the council approved a hate crime ordinance that increases penalties for crimes determined to have been committed with a targeted bias.

Lenexa follows several other Johnson County cities that have recently adopted a non-discrimination ordinance, including Prairie Village, Roeland Park, Mission, Leawood and Shawnee, which approved its ordinance in late August after a lengthy discussion.