Independence updates assault ordinance to protect LGBTQ+ citizens

Independence updates assault ordinance to protect LGBTQ+ citizens
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Independence updates assault ordinance to protect LGBTQ+ citizens

Mayor Eileen Weir says that with the update it’s a reminder to citizens Independence is a welcoming community

The Independence City Council voted this week to update city ordinances related to assault charges so that victims targeted for their sexual orientation or gender identity will be protected. The move expands the existing ordinance, which included protections for individuals targeted due to race, ancestry, religion, color, sex, marital status, age, national origin, or handicap.”It is important to regularly review our codes and ordinances,” Mayor Eileen Weir said in a news release. “With this update, we further remind our citizens we are a welcoming community committed to protecting all of our citizens and truly an Independence for all.”

The Independence City Council voted this week to update city ordinances related to assault charges so that victims targeted for their sexual orientation or gender identity will be protected.

The move expands the existing ordinance, which included protections for individuals targeted due to race, ancestry, religion, color, sex, marital status, age, national origin, or handicap.

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“It is important to regularly review our codes and ordinances,” Mayor Eileen Weir said in a news release. “With this update, we further remind our citizens we are a welcoming community committed to protecting all of our citizens and truly an Independence for all.”

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