A Non-Discrimination Ordinance (NDO), also called a Human Rights Ordinance, is a local law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of certain protected classes to include: race, religion, age, sex, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or national origin.
Non-discrimination ordinances generally protect people in the sectors of employment, housing, and public accommodations.
Currently, there are no state protections in Mississippi that guard a person from any sort of discrimination. There are federal laws that protect against many of these categories, but having a state anti-discrimination act would make those laws that much more enforceable. Mississippians should be afforded the opportunity to defend equal rights in their own town.
Additionally, there are at present no federal statutes protecting an individual from discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. With the exception of Jackson and Magnolia, no cities in Mississippi have local anti-discrimination ordinances that cover these two categories.
Update 8/14/2018: Cleveland, MS becomes third city to pass a non-discrimination ordinance in Mississippi.
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