SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — The Springfield City Council is scheduled to take up a controversial proposal to add sexual orientation to the city's nondiscrimination ordinance.

The council has scheduled a public hearing on the ordinance, and a substitute ordinance, at next Monday's meeting. The original ordinance would make it illegal to fire someone or deny housing based on a person's sexual orientation. The substitute would ban discrimination only in housing.

KYTV reports (http://bit.ly/WfbHVj ) that when the city council considered the issue in 2012, it encountered severe backlash from opponents. The bill was put on hold while a task force met with the public and other officials and eventually proposed the substitute ordinance.


Information from: KYTV-TV, http://www.ky3.com