Portland City Council looks to add discrimination protections for non-religions

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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.

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