To the Editor: Ballot vote may be best way to resolve BG issue
Written by Sue Smith   
Wednesday, 12 August 2009 08:26
Citizens of Bowling Green are you aware city council is scheduled to vote Monday on legislation that will affect both "town and gown"? Bowling Green's fair housing ordinance could be changed. The first proposal #7905 would add several classes not covered by the present city ordinance. As I understand, the additions will be the following: sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, age, pregnancy, creed, ancestry, political ideology, military or veteran status, marital status, physical characteristics, HIV-status and genetic information. These additions would then be deemed illegal along with the classes listed in the existing ordinance.
Mayor John Quinn is quoted as saying the present ordinance has "worked and worked for a number of years." City attorney Michael Marsh has drawn up this revised ordinance and a new ordinance for council's consideration on Aug. 17. Both ordinances are being considered by council members.
The second ordinance, #7906 is more extensive affecting advertising, age, city businesses, disability, discrimination, educational institutions, employer and employees, gender (meaning actual or perceived sex), gender identity or expression, any labor organization, person, physical characteristics, place of public accommodation, such as businesses, and most all public places within the city offering goods, services, accommodations or entertainment to the public.
To my knowledge, a city survey has not been conducted although small committee meetings have been held. Committee members' opinions in this case may not represent a majority of citizen views. Should a few people reach conclusions for all residents? The state of Ohio has no such legislation similar to the afore mentioned. Do you want the members of council to decide our community values?  A ballot vote may be the best resolution.
Contact your city council representative today. Members are Megan Newlove, John Zanfardino, Larry Sorrells, Mike Frost, Robert McOmber, Terry Dunn. We have elected them to represent us.
Sue Smith
Bowling Green


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