City of Independence, Missouri

City of Independence updates assault ordinance to protect LGBTQ+ citizens

The Independence City Council voted on Monday night to update City Ordinances related to assault charges that will protect victims targeted for their sexual orientation or gender identity.

“It is important to regularly review our codes and ordinances,” Mayor Eileen Weir said. “With this update, we further remind our citizens we are a welcoming community committed to protecting all of our citizens and truly an Independence for all.”

This expands the existing ordinance which included protections for individuals targeted due to race, ancestry, religion, color, sex, marital status, age, national origin, or handicap.

You can read the updates to the ordinance here.