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LGBTQ ordinance vote tonight in Medina Council committee


MEDINA — City Council’s Special Legislation Committee will vote on what has become known as the LGBTQ ordinance at 7 p.m. tonight in the council rotunda at city hall, 132 N. Elmwood Ave.

The ordinance will amend Section 541.08 of the city’s codified ordinance to prohibit intimidation on the basis of sex, gender identity or expression or sexual orientation.

Intimidation would be a punishable offense under the city’s codified ordinance.

Last November, almost 100 people crammed into the rotunda at city hall to express their feelings about the issue. The Special Legislation Committee is made up of At-large Councilmen Bill Lamb and Paul Rose and Ward 3 Councilman Eric Heffinger.

Fourteen speakers talked about issues in their life, some almost bringing the audience to tears. Some were bisexual, transgender or gay. Others were family members of someone in the LGBTQ community.

They said they could be denied a seat in a restaurant, be fired from their job or not be rented an apartment just because of their sexual orientation.

They want protections from those kinds of issues.

There won’t be as many speakers this time, said Pam Miller, of the Medina Diversity Project.

If the ordinance is approved today, it will move on to a vote by the Finance Committee on June 24 and then Medina City Council on July 8, Council President John Coyne said.

Lamb, chairman of the committee, said it would be a “black eye” for the city if it isn’t approved.

“It would look really bad if it’s vetoed,” he said.

Lamb said it’s the right thing to do.

“I’m pretty sure everything will go OK,” he said.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or

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