Doraville Leads the Way in Fighting Discrimination
On November 5th, Doraville became the second city in Georgia to pass a non-discrimination ordinance. The first was Atlanta, which passed its legislation in 2001. The vote was 5 to 1 in favor, with only Pam Fleming voting against. Mayor Pittman also spoke out strongly in favor of this new law.
This ordinance discourages local businesses from engaging in discriminatory practices based on race, religion, color, sex, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity, or military status. The state of Georgia does not have any kind of non-discrimination protections, so this means our city offers more protections for all types of groups than nearly anywhere else in the state.
I'm extremely proud that our council is countering discrimination and bias in Georgia, and hope other cities (as well as the state legislature) start to follow our lead.