Carlisle’s proposed anti-discrimination ordinance was advanced Thursday night from the Employee Relations and Citizen Participation Committee to Borough Council, where action may be taken in December after about six months of controversy.
The council met after the ERCP meeting and voted 5-2 to direct borough solicitor Keith Brenneman to review, approve and advertise the anti-discrimination ordinance, which would provide protections to those in the LGBTQ community and create a four-person Human Relations Committee.
Councilors Perry Heath and Connie Bires voted against the action, as well as against the subsequent motion, which tabled the resolution Heath proposed after the ordinance was initially introduced. His resolution, like the ordinance, was advanced out of the ERCP commission earlier that night.
Heath told The Sentinel earlier in the week that he believes a resolution is a better solution than an ordinance, which has been the source of controversy and a seeming split in the community on whether it is necessary.
By tabling the resolution, it will be discussed along with the anti-discrimination ordinance during council’s Dec. 8 meeting, where action on one or both items could potentially take place.