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Carmel tables anti-discrimination ordinance

Posted at 11:39 PM, Sep 17, 2015

A Carmel City Council committee decided to table a proposed anti-discrimination ordinance for now, though the issue is likely far from over.

The ordinance would impose a $500 fine on any business that discriminated against customers on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation. It comes as cities around the state enact similar laws in the wake of fallout over the state's religious freedom law.

Earlier this week, Columbus, Indiana, passed a similar ordinance unanimously.

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Carmel's councilors decided to send the ordinance back to attorneys for review – meaning it won't return to the full council at next Monday's meeting.

The full council will likely take the issue back up in October.