On Tuesday, February 24th, the Kennett Square Borough Council voted unanimously to hold a public hearing and formal vote on the proposed anti-discrimination ordinance.
The borough solicitor had originally expressed concerns over the expanded procedures portion of the ordinance, citing numerous objections relating to implementation procedures and potential legal ramifications.
Convinced that the expanded procedures portion of the ordinance should remain, Councilman Wayne Braffman consulted with PA Youth Congress‘ Jason Goodman and LGBT Equality Alliance‘s Rachel Stevenson, to determine how to best gain support of the solicitor and fellow council members.
After researching dozens of ordinances throughout the State, Braffman realized that implementation questions were not the responsibility of the solicitor, but rather the responsibility of the Human Relations Committee.
Verbiage was added to minimize potential legal concerns, and in the end, the move to public hearing and advertisement was approved in its entirety by the solicitor and council. The only council member not present for the vote was Council President, Danilo Maffei.
On March 6th, Kennett Square will host a public hearing at which time residents can voice their support for or against the proposed ordinance. Following the public hearing, the council will call a vote on the ordinance. The ordinance is expected to pass.
“Because we anticipate a lot of people showing up, we will meet in the Red Clay Room, the big meeting room in Kennett Square,” says Braffman. “This week we a full house with sixty people, but expect a lot more on March 6th.”
Goodman, who attended the meeting earlier this week, stated, “A number of people were talking about how it is the role of the state and federal government to enforce anti-discrimination policies. During the meeting, Wayne calmly and effectively emphasized that the LGBT community is not protected by state or federal laws.”
The Phoenixville Borough ordinance is also scheduled to pass on March 14th and the Royersford ordinance on March 28th.
All three borough are encouraging supporters to attend the hearings.
To see the public advertisement, click here.
To read the ordinance in its entirety, click here.