The Lawrence City Commission has added gender identity to the city's anti-discrimination code.


The Lawrence City Commission has added gender identity to the city's anti-discrimination code.

The commission voted Tuesday night to add legal protection for transvestites and others who are transgender.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/nKOf4y) that the change will make it illegal for employers, landlords and most businesses to discriminate against people who don't identify with the gender of their birth.

A deeply divided crowd of about 70 people testified before the vote. Opponents said the vote condones a choice that violates Bible teachings. Supporters say being transgender is a biological disposition, rather than a lifestyle choice.

But commissioners who voted for the ordinance said it was simply a matter of opposing discrimination.