Macon-Bibb commissioners approve antidiscrimination rules

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A middle Georgia county has approved an anti-discrimination ordinance that would govern businesses, despite opposition from some. Macon-Bibb commissioners voted 5-4 in favor of the proposal on Tuesday, sending it to Mayor Robert Reichert for his signature or veto. The ordinance would ban discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations based on a variety of factors. Opponents say it forces them to go against their religious beliefs by requiring them to serve people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Supporters say a local process would be easier, faster and cheaper to use than pursuing federal lawsuits. Atlanta, Savannah and other Georgia municipalities already have similar ordinances.

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