Letter to the Editor | Discrimination laws important

Letter to the Editor | Discrimination laws important

Recently, a certain high administration official was denied service in a Virginia restaurant because of her politics. Such despicable conduct by a business serving the public is illegal here in Champaign-Urbana.

The Human Rights Ordinances of the cities of Champaign and Urbana both prohibit discrimination on the basis of political affiliation as well as a number of other reasons such as race, religion, sex, etc., in places of public accommodation as well as in employment housing and credit or commercial transactions.

Persons who suspect they have been victims of such injust treatment within our community should immediately contact officials in the appropriate city.

Our ordinances are not perfect as other letters to The News-Gazette pointed out but they are better than most if not all such laws in these United States.

I am proud to have been one of a number of both gay and non-gay citizens to have brought about the passage of these laws back in the late 1970s.