The City Council of Springfield Missouri is expected to pass a measure tonight eliminating a 1976 ordinance which makes it illegal for gays and lesbians to solicit same-sex encounters. The law is on the books but has not really been enforced in many years and is viewed as unnecessary and unconstitutional language.
Council member Doug Burlison made a promise to bring this up to a vote after the PrideFest celebration in June and said he "looks forward to getting this action completed". There already is an existing law that prohibits public sex that makes no mention of sexuality or gender.
"This is not a measure approving gay marriage," Burlison said. "We're not giving gay people any additional rights. This is a measure, in my mind, that keeps everyone on a level playing field and keeps social engineering out of local law" (BND).Please urge the city council members to vote to disband this law.
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