Monday Aug. 24, 2015
Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore floated the notion last April of adding civil rights protections in the city’s ordinances for sexual orientation and gender identity.
It’s been a rocky road and he pulled the proposal last month. It had generated a fierce response from social conservatives, but Moore said he wanted to take a broader look at the city’s human relations ordinance, where the tweaks were to have been made.
Whatever the details, it remains fuzzy whether the notion ever sees the light of day here. Still, sentiments are strong and run the gamut, as I found when I spoke to some of the leaders involved, from an array of spectrums, trying to get a sense of where things stand.
I try to stay as true to their sentiments as possible, switching from speaker to speaker, with minimal interjection from me, the reporter.