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Meadville Mayor Discusses Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

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More tonight, on an anti-discrimination ordinance in Meadville that's being met with opposition.

As Meadville City Council members review the proposal,  Meadville Mayor John Christopher Soff is now giving us his take on the issue.

"This is an issue that's important to the residents of the City of Meadville," said Mayor Soff.  "A good many of them."

Mayor Soff says the ordinance was started by a group of concerned citizens.

"I have heard, in what's prompted the group to come to us, was a specific case of discrimination for housing based solely on the fact that these two individuals were a homosexual couple." said Mayor Soff.

The ordinance is aimed at ensuring equal employment and housing to everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

 "What's unfortunate, neither the federal government or state government have approached the issue from a gender-sexual standpoint." said Mayor Soff.

So it's now up to Meadville City Council to pass their own equality ordinance.

"The difficulty is, while we want to protect those who are feeling discriminated against, we don't want to be discriminating in the way in which we have our ordinance," said Mayor Soff.  "So that's really the difficult situation we're in."

As for the mayor's stance on this issue....

"I'm in favor of crafting something that does offer the protections, while not being discriminatory in and of itself.," said Mayor Soff.  "I'm hopeful that we can get there.  Am I certain we can get there?  Not at all."

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