JANESVILLE, Wis. — Lawmakers in the hometown of House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) have approved a nondiscrimination ordinance that includes gender identity.
Media reports indicate that members of the Janesville City Council approved the measure — which would allow people to use public restrooms that are consistent with their gender identity — by a 6-1 margin.
“The Janesville Council members did the right thing by passing protections that ensure none of their constituents can be denied a job or refused services because of who they are,” said Freedom for All Americans Executive Director Matt McTighe in a statement.
Wisconsin’s statewide nondiscrimination law includes sexual orientation, but not gender identity. A bill that would have banned trans children from using school facilities consistent with their gender identity was before state lawmakers during their 2016 legislative session. They adjourned without considering it.