An ordinance that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity has been approved by the Carmel City Council.

The council narrowly voted 4 to 3 in favor of the anti-discrimination ordinance on Monday. The council considered the ordinance after the Indianapolis suburb's finance committee voted last week to recommend the proposal's passage.

The committee amended the proposal so that a first offense gets a warning, with additional offenses calling for a fine of up to $500 each day.

Mayor Jim Brainard and several council members had previously said Carmel should take action following the passage of Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.


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