Fairmont Passes Ordinance to Revive Human Rights Commission


The Fairmont City Council passed a controversial Human Rights Ordinance Tuesday, making Fairmont the eleventh city in the state to adopt similar proposals.

More than 50 people lined up outside of the Public Safety building in Fairmont to attend the public hearing. Some arrived in the early morning for the meeting that began at 7 p.m.

During the hearing, some residents argued that the ordinance was necessary to ensure inclusion and protection of all Fairmont residents. Many who opposed the measure expressed concern about safety of the community.

After the hearing, Fairmont City Council passed the ordinance, 7 to 2. The rule revives the city’s Human Rights Commission after a near 30-year hiatus. The commission will serve educational roles, primarily, and can make recommendations to city council. The ordinance also adds gender identity and sexual orientation to the city’s list of discriminated classes.