A Maplewood resident writes to Maplewood Councilwoman Karen Wood, asking her position on LGBT issues, almost seven years after Wood voted (in the minority) against a bill that protects Maplewood citizens on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity.
Wood is running for re-election to represent Maplewood Ward 1 on the city council.
The resident’s letter:
In September of 2012, the City of Maplewood became one of the few cities in Missouri — and, practically, in the entire country — to outline explicit protections for its citizens on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity in Bill 5877.
The bill passed with a majority but was opposed at the time by then Mayor James White, Councilman Fred Wolf, and Councilwoman Karen Wood. Of these, only Karen Wood remains on the Maplewood City Council. At the time, Wood stated she voted against the measure for fear of “unintended consequence from the law” and that it may have “unintended ramifications.”
It has been seven years since and this year Karen Wood, who also holds the title of Deputy Mayor, is up for reelection in Maplewood Ward 1. I would like to respectfully ask candidate Wood the following questions:
First, to your knowledge have any unintended ramifications of the anti-discrimination ordinances occurred in Maplewood?
And second, were this ordinance to come before the City Council today, would you vote the same way?
Thanks to Councilwoman Wood for her time, and to Doug Miner for providing this platform,