The Doylestown Borough Council has unanimously passed an ordinance banning discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations based on sexual orientation. The law protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual people from discrimination.
The ordinance requires the town to create a human relations commission to enforce the law and educate the public. To start, the commission will be run by an existing borough employee and could have seven to 11 volunteer members.
At first, the commission will only conduct fact-finding investigations to determine whether discrimination occurred. The borough council could approve “expanded procedures” later, allowing the commission to mediate complaints, levy fines and award damages.