The Memphis City Council approved a non-discrimination ordinance on the first of three readings last night. The council approved the measure seven votes to five.
Council member Barbara Swearengen Ware unsuccessfully argued for the item removed from consideration, saying it had not been approved in committee. An attempt to adjust the ordinance, including the deletion of the terms "gender identity" and "sexual orientation," was also voted down by the council.
The council will discuss the anti-discrimination ordinance during its committee meeting in two weeks, and it will be voted on in full council for a second time. The council must vote on it and approve it three times before it becomes law.