Des Moines could soon join the growing ranks of Iowa cities that specifically prohibit discrimination based on an individual's gender identity.
Such a move would mirror what's in state law and make Des Moines the ninth city in Iowa to put gender identity language in its municipal code.
The city's Human Rights Commission has scheduled a public hearing for Aug. 11 on extending civil rights protections.
"It's been in the state law for a few years and I was acutely aware that it wasn't in our ordinance," said Rudy Simms, director of Des Moines' Human Rights Department. "Traditionally, Des Moines has been a leader on these issues, and now we're behind eight cities that have done this.
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