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Salem Mayor to Sign Non-Discrimination Ordinance Tonight

The city of Salem will become the first community on the North Shore to pass a non-discrimination ordinance regarding public accommodations.

Salem City Hall.
Salem City Hall.

Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll will host an Ordinance Signing Ceremony tonight in City Council Chambers at City Hall.

The ceremony, scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m., will feature members of the Salem City Council, the Salem No Place for Hate Committee – the group responsible for initiating the ordinance – and nearly 40 Salem organizations and individuals who endorsed and/or gave testimony in support of the non-discrimination ordinance that was unanimously endorsed by members of city council Thursday night.

Once the ordinance is signed by Driscoll, Salem will "become only the fifth community in Massachusetts and the first on the North Shore to extend protections against discrimination for the transgender community in the matter of public accommodations," according to a release.

The new ordinance will serve to welcome all people who visit, live, and work in the city of Salem – no matter who they are, where they are from, or who they are perceived to be.

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