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Sexual Orientation added to city ordinance

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Following passionate arguments on both sides of the issue, the Memphis City Council got the seven votes it needed to add sexual orientation to a non-discrimination ordinance.

That ordinance is now stalled pending a legal opinion.

Many thought the swing vote would be Wanda Halbert, but she abstained.

It was Republican Reid Hedgepeth that cast the seventh yes vote.

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It was a crowded council meeting, with cheers and jeers as each side made their points, as each councilman did or did not voice support.

In the audience, those in favor of the amendment were wearing "equal protection for all" shirts. Those against were wearing stickers that said "no amendment."

The council voted to wait 30 days to vote on the ordinance. 

The city council attorney said since discrimination protections are in the charter, this may need to be a charter amendment, rather than a simple ordinance. Charter amendments need to be voted on by the citizens of Memphis.

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