DeKalb County passes a Non-Discrimination Ordinance

DeKalb County passes a Non-Discrimination Ordinance


The Gist: DeKalb County Board of Commissioners in Georgia passed a Non-Discrimination Ordinance, providing increased protection for vulnerable residents in unincorporated areas. The ordinance is a strong show of support for the LGBTQIA+ community and aims to make the county an inclusive place for all.

What Happened?: On July 11, the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners passed a Non-Discrimination Ordinance, which prohibits discrimination based on various protected classes such as race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and more. The ordinance covers places of public accommodation and aims to ensure the safety and well-being of all residents in the county.

Fast Facts:

  • The Non-Discrimination Ordinance received unanimous support from the Board of Commissioners.
  • Violation of the ordinance can lead to a six-month suspension of a business license or driver’s permit for services like taxis.
  • The ordinance includes updated definitions for various protected classes, such as gender identity, marital status, and parental status.

What’s Next?: The ordinance’s implementation will require businesses and individuals to respect and uphold the rights of protected classes in public accommodations.

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