Thursday, April 26, 2007

Iowa Pride Network Hails Passage of Inclusive Civil Rights Bill

Des Moines, IA – April 26 – Iowa Pride Network applauded legislators today for passing the Civil Rights bill, adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the Iowa Civil Rights Code. The bi-partisan vote was 59 – 37.

“This is a historic day for Iowa,” stated Ryan Roemerman, Iowa Pride Network Director, “We are pleased that this legislature wants to send a strong message that all people should have the right to get a job, a house or an education free from harassment and bigotry.”

The Civil Rights bill adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the Iowa Civil Rights Code to prohibit discriminatory employment, public accommodation, housing, education and credit practices. The Governor is expected to sign the bill into law.

In early March, Iowa Pride Network’s College Coalition held a press conference with Lt. Governor Patty Judge and Senate Leader Mike Gronstal to advocate for inclusive policies that protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Iowans from discrimination. Coalition members stated that the effort would attract young people to the state and curb Iowa’s brain-drain.

“This bill affords LGBT Iowans the peace of mind knowing that their state values them and diversity—and that’s an incentive for young people,” said Roemerman.

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