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A. Findings. After public hearings and consideration of testimony and documentary evidence, the council finds that discrimination based on sexual orientation exists in the City. The council finds further that such discrimination poses a substantial threat to the health, safety and general welfare of this community. Such discrimination foments strife and unrest, and it deprives the City of the fullest utilization of its capacities for development and advancement. The council finds further that existing state and federal restraints on arbitrary discrimination are not adequate to meet the particular problems of discrimination based on sexual orientation in this community, so that it is necessary and proper to enact local regulations adapted to the special circumstances which exist in this City.

B. Definitions. As used in this chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this subsection:

1. "Business establishment" means any entity, however organized, which furnishes goods or services to the general public. An otherwise qualifying establishment which has membership requirements is considered to furnish services to the general public if its membership requirements: (a) consist only of payment of fees; (b) consist of requirements under which a substantial portion of the residents of this City could qualify; or (c) consist of an otherwise unlawful business practice.

2. "Individual" means the same as the term "person." Wherever this chapter refers to the sexual orientation of any individual, and the individual is a group, the phrase shall mean the sexual orientation of any member of the group.

3. "Person" means any natural person, firm, corporation, partnership or other organization, association or group of persons however organized.

4. "Sexual orientation" means an individual’s actual or supposed sexual preference. Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation shall include both discrimination based on actual knowledge of sexual orientation and discrimination based on supposition or assumption of sexual orientation. (Ord. 5106-NS § 1 (part), 1978)