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Councilman Daniel Valenzuela, City Council Say It’s Time for the State to Support Equal Rights for AllCouncilman Daniel Valenzuela, City Council Say It’s Time for the State to Support Equal Rights for All<div class="ExternalClassBB82305B5AD44F60A46FFECECFA5FB5E"><p>​Phoenix City Councilman Daniel Valenzuela introduced a motion at Tuesday's Policy Meeting asking the full City Council to show its support for an anti-discrimination bill currently before the Legislature. </p><p>HB 2586 amends sections of the Arizona Revised Statues relating to civil rights in employment, housing, and public accommodation by adding sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill was introduced with bipartisan support. </p><p>"I applaud my colleagues on the Council for putting their support behind this important piece of legislation." Valenzuela said. "The city of Phoenix is one of five municipalities that have already passed language to support inclusion in our city processes.  I am hopeful the state will do the same."</p><p>In 2013, the Phoenix City Council passed an ordinance insuring all people, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity, have equal protection under the law.  Councilman Valenzuela considers his vote for LGBTQ rights to be one of the most important he has made. "One of my proudest votes on the Council was the passage of the anti-discrimination ordinance for the city of Phoenix." said Valenzuela.  It was, Valenzuela says, "the right thing to do."</p><p>It is also good for business, more than 2,600 businesses in Arizona have signed the Unity Pledge.  Voicing their support for LGBTQ inclusion in non-discrimination laws.<br></p><p><br></p></div>2/13/2018 10:45:00 PMNick Valenzuela602-495-5405