Phoenix to consider expanding city's anti-bias law
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PHOENIX (AP) - The Phoenix City Council is expected to vote later this month on whether to expand the city's current anti-discrimination ordinance to newly prohibit discrimination against gays and lesbians.
The ordinance currently prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, age and marital status.
Under the proposal, the ban also would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in housing, employment and public accommodations such as restaurants and hotels.
The Arizona Republic reports exemptions would remain for religious organizations, small private landlords, senior housing, private clubs and others.
Violators could be criminally prosecuted on a misdemeanor charge punishable by a $2,500 fine.
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