On Nov. 1, the Burien City Council voted 6-0 to pass a nondiscrimination ordinance that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Spearheaded by Councilmembers Jack Block, Jr. and Stephen Lamphear, Ordinance 418 protects people in public accommodations, contracts, housing, and employment. It covers both businesses in Burien and those that conduct business with the City of Burien.
The ACLU of Washington applauds the Burien City Council for taking this important step. To date, numerous private businesses, at least seven cities, and three counties in Washington have passed nondiscrimination policies that include sexual orientation. Because the new Burien nondiscrimination law also prohibits discrimination based on gender identity, it is one of the most inclusive statements in Washington.