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Carmel City Council Sends Back LGBT Protection Ordinance

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A Carmel City Council committee has tabled a proposed anti-discrimination ordinance.

The ordinance would impose a $500 fine on any business that discriminates against customers on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.

Carmel's councilors decided to send the ordinance back to attorneys for review – meaning it won't return to the full council at next Monday's meeting. The full council will likely take the issue back up in October.

City Common Council member Eric Seidensticker, who’d previously been the measure’s only opponent, says discrimination isn’t an issue in Carmel.

“To create and pass an ordinance to solve a problem that doesn’t exist is very creative,” Seidensticker says.

Similar ordinances passed recently in Columbus, Terre Haute, Hammond and Muncie.

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