Six of seven Bexley City Council members tonight (June 23) approved Ordinance 12-15, which is designed to prevent and penalize discrimination of all kinds, including against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

Six of seven Bexley City Council members tonight (June 23) approved Ordinance 12-15, which is designed to prevent and penalize discrimination of all kinds, including against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

The ordinance resulted from an incident in early March, when residents Jenn Moffitt and Jerra Knicely were denied service by a local video production company on the grounds that the business doesn't videotape same-sex weddings.

After the incident, council member Tim Madison, chairman of the finance and judiciary committee, formed a subcommittee to draft the nondiscrimination ordinance. Subcommittee members were Madison, Lori Ann Feibel, Steve Keyes and Deneese Owen, who chaired the subcommittee. The subcommittee members also co-sponsored the legislation, along with council member Jed Morison.

"We're ecstatic and shocked and overwhelmed, and we're full of gratitude," Moffitt said of council's vote. "This is a new beginning."

Council President Richard Sharp, who abstained, said he agrees that discrimination should not be allowed in the community, but the ordinance doesn't provide enough protections for various groups who might be discriminated against.

"I don't think this goes far enough in preventing discrimination," he said.

Although council member Mark Masser voted for the ordinance and said he also agrees that discrimination should be prevented, he said he doesn't agree with the process by which the ordinance was introduced. Masser said five council members co-sponsoring the ordinance gave the impression that residents' input wouldn't be taken into account.

"Perception tends to be reality," he said "The perception is when you have five sponsors, it's a done deal."