Hey, Glendale, ever hear of the 14th Amendment?

How about the Civil Rights Act of 1964?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission?

Well, they all address discrimination, and they all prohibit it.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it crystal clear. It is an act “to enforce the constitutional right to vote, to confer jurisdiction upon the district courts of the United States to provide injunctive relief against discrimination in public accommodations, to authorize the Attorney General to institute suits to protect constitutional rights in public facilities and public education, to extend the Commission on Civil Rights, to prevent discrimination in federally assisted programs, to establish a Commission on Equal Employment Opportunity, and for other purposes.”

So why, oh why, Glendale, are you holding public meetings to gather input on a proposed anti-discrimination ordinance?

Although the ordinance would “protect the rights of Glendale citizens and visitors from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations,” and “prohibit discrimination based on a person’s age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital or family status, Veteran status or disability,” according to a Glendale press release, I suspect the ordinance has nothing to do with employment and housing discrimination based on age, gender, veteran status or disability (funny that race and religious affiliation aren’t mentioned), and everything to do with public accommodations discrimination based on sexual orientation.

I suspect that Glendale has chosen sides in the ongoing national debate over whether a Christian baker should be forced to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. (And the fact that the city is holding a “Conversation for Businesses” meeting apart from two “Conversations for the public” meetings seems to only lend credence to my suspicions.)

And that’s Glendale’s choice, but why muddy the waters by tossing in the words “employment,” “housing,” “age,” “gender,” “veteran status” and “disability?”

Are women forced to sit in segregated areas of restaurants in Glendale? Are veterans passed over by less qualified non-veterans for jobs in Glendale? Are disabled people’s apartment applications denied even when they meet all the requirements in Glendale?

You’d think we would have heard about it if it were an ongoing issue in Glendale.

If my suspicions are correct and Glendale’s motive is to make business owners legally obliged to cater to groups they morally disagree with, I’d prefer it if the ordinance weren’t masquerading as something it’s not.

That way, business owners know exactly what they’re getting into before they decide to set up shop in the city.