Council Nixes Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

Gay rights supporters were stunned last night when Kirksville Council voted down an anti-discrimination ordinance they were assured would pass. Supporters of the measure which would have set up a commission to investigate complaints of discrimination because of sexual orientation or race or nationality were prepared to celebrate after filling the council room following a gay rights rally at Thousand Hills State Park. But the swing vote, councilman Bob Russell, changed his vote from yes to no after he says he read his Bible. He said from the Old to New Testament marriage is between a man and a woman and he added-quoting-“this goes against all religious belief.” Mayor Detweiler and Councilman Roger Edge joined him in the 3 to 2 no vote on less theological grounds, saying the commission would cost too much and be another government bureaucracy.