We are talking to our legislative delegation about an amendment that we want to make to the Carrboro Town Charter this year. Here is the pertinent part of our current housing anti-discrimination clause with the changes we are reqeusting in italics:
 
Section 10-1.  Housing Discrimination.   The board of aldermen may adopt ordinances designed to ensure that all housing opportunities in the Town of Carrboro shall be equally available to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identification, or gender expression.    Such ordinances may regulate or prohibit any act, practice, activity or procedure related directly or indirectly to the sale or rental of public or private housing that affects or may tend to affect the availability or desirability of housing on an equal basis to all persons, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identification, or gender expression.  
 
Sam Wardle called to interview me about the proposed bill, and the ensuing article can be found in The Independent here:
 
http://www.indyweek.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A274828
 
I find it interesting that John Rustin from the North Carolina Family Policy Council states that only “immutable” characteristics are covered under existing anti-discrimination policy.  Is he suggesting that religion is “immutable” and sexual orientation (where valid argument exists) is not?

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