- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

CARMEL, Ind. (AP) - Officials in the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel have delayed action for at least two weeks on a proposal that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

In a Monday night meeting, Carmel City Council President Rick Sharp motioned to bring the ordinance to a vote, but was blocked on a 4-3 vote. Several council members have raised concerns about the measure’s legal wording.

“When you make a law, you have to make sure the words are what we want them to be,” said councilwoman Luci Snyder, who said she agrees that Carmel should let people know the city is an inclusive community.

Snyder plans another committee meeting within the next two weeks, The Indianapolis Star (https://indy.st/1KwZKNK ) reported. Sharp said he would bring it up for debate before the full council regardless on Oct. 5.

“This is too important of business to leave stranded in a committee,” Sharp said.

The city of Columbus passed a similar proposal earlier this month, at 22 pages with legal definitions and more detailed claims procedures, Snyder said. Carmel’s proposal is three pages long with less thorough claims processes and no definitions for terms such as sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Information from: The Indianapolis Star, https://www.indystar.com

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