CARMEL, Ind. (AP) — An ordinance that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity has been approved by the Carmel City Council.
The council narrowly voted 4 to 3 in favor of the anti-discrimination ordinance on Monday. The council considered the ordinance after the Indianapolis suburb's finance committee voted last week to recommend the proposal's passage. The committee amended the proposal so that a first offense gets a warning, with additional offenses calling for a fine of up to $500 each day.
Mayor Jim Brainard and several council members had previously said Carmel should take action following the passage of Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.