Donna Pandori

Goshen approves inclusive Civil Rights Amendment, will South Bend follow?

Filed By Donna Pandori | August 20, 2009 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Living, Politics

Breaking news in Goshen:

Dozens of people Tuesday night passionately pleaded for and against the addition of sexual orientation language to Goshen's Community Relations Commission ordinance.

In a 4-3 vote the Goshen council voted in favor of the amendment that will add "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the Community Relations Commission ordinance. This was only a first reading of the amendment, however.

The second reading will take place when the council meets again September 1st. If the vote stands in September, the the words "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" will be added to the ordinance which already includes protection for race, religion, color, sex, disability, national origin or ancestry.


When asked how the Goshen Chamber of Commerce stood on the issue, Mayor Kauffman said the Chamber's policy committee voted Tuesday morning to support the amendment but the overall Chamber has not taken a stand.

Question is, will the South Bend Common Council follow suit?

Not if Patrick Mangan, Executive Director of the Citizens for Community Values of Indiana (CCV) has anything to say about it. The CCV's "love" is not on our side.

It's up to us to bring our council members to the realization that human rights are civil rights and they are non-negotiable. Some of South Bend's councilmen have continued to state they will not support an amendment unless more of their constituents ask them to do so. Start calling today and ask your representative to support an inclusive amendment to South Bend's Human Rights Ordinance:

District 1

Derek D. Dieter
4903 Starboard Dr.
South Bend, Indiana 46628
574.532.2200 Cell
574.235.5982 Voice Mail

District 2

Henry Davis Jr.
5117 Idlewood Drive
South Bend, Indiana 46619
574.235.5983 Voice Mail

District 3

Tom LaFountain1224 Longfellow
South Bend, Indiana 46615
574.235.5981 Voice Mail

District 4

Ann Puzzello
1247 East LaSalle
South Bend, Indiana 46617
574.234.1834 Home
574.235.5978 Voice Mail

District 5

Dr. David Varner
1306 Clayton Drive
South Bend, In 46614
574.291.1798 Home
574.291.8022 Office
235-5984 Voice Mail
574.291.7868 FAX

District 6

Oliver Davis
1801 S. Nash Street
South Bend, Indiana 46613
574.288.4523 Home
574.235.5986 Voice Mail
269.471.6516 Office Preferred number
574.876.6938 Cell

At Large

Timothy Rouse
605 N. Cherry Tree Lane
South Bend, Indiana 46617
574.233.4049 Home
574.232.6872 Office
574.235.5979 Voice Mail

At Large

Al Kirsits
722 Marquette Ave.
South Bend, Indiana 46617
574.287.6529 Home
574.235.5980 Voice Mail

At Large

Karen L. White
1912 Malvern Way
South Bend, Indiana 46614
574.289.5765 Home
574.520.4477 Office
574.235.5985 Voice Mail
574.520.5018 FAX

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