Portland City Council looks to add discrimination protections for non-religions
PORTLAND, Ore. – In Wednesday’s City Council meeting, commissioners discussed adding non-religions - like atheism and agnosticism - to the Portland’s definition of religion.
This would amend civil rights code and add non-religion to the list of protected classes, which includes things like race, sex, ability, and religion.
Advocates say people who are non-religious are discriminated against too, and people who follow other faiths are already protected under city code.
A 2015 survey found Portland was the most non-religious city in the country.
The ordinance is scheduled for a vote in two weeks, on February 27.