No discrimination complaints in Roeland Park after more than one year with protections in effect; same debate at state level

For months in 2014, Roeland Park was consumed by a debate over a new anti-discrimination ordinance that added protections for sexual orientation and gender identity. Now more than a year has passed since the protections went into effect and the city reports no complaints of discrimination have been filed under the provisions of the ordinance.

Although the ordinance finally passed in August of 2014, it was not in effect until Jan. 1, 2015. The ordinance, and the potential for repeal, became a topic in the 2015 city council elections in Roeland Park. Now similar arguments are playing out again in the Kansas Legislature.

“It’s a great thing,” Councilor Michael Poppa said of the fact no complaints have been filed.

(Read more: Prairie Village Post)

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