Ohio city panel debates sexual orientation clause

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SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) -- A western Ohio city is close to ending a debate about whether to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the city's non-discrimination codes for fair housing and job protection.

People on both sides of the issue have been testifying before the Springfield Mayor's Commission on Human Rights since last summer, often in standing-room only meetings.

The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/yJCSjZ ) that the commission plans a vote at its Tuesday night meeting.

Mayor Warren Copeland and Commissioner Karen Duncan have both said publicly they'll vote in favor of the amendment, while three other commissioners all declined last week to say how they will vote.

Commissioners tabled the proposal in September while the city's volunteer Human Relations Board researched the issue..

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com