LATTA, S.C. — South Carolina’s smallest town has now passed a law that protects LGBT people against discrimination, two months after the town swore in lesbian Crystal Moore as its police chief, WBTW-TV reported. The new ordinance protects LGBT town employees from discrimination.

Moore was fired by Latta’s Mayor Earl Bullard who did so because she was a lesbian, Moore asserted.

WBTW-TV also reported that Councilman Jarrett Taylor was not concerned about one’s sexuality or beliefs, adding that one’s ability to get the job done was all that was necessary,” Taylor shared. “Our community rallied around the individual for who she was instead of what she was,” Taylor told the station.

“The town passing an ordinance is just one step to making sure everyone is equal,” Moore concluded.

Latta now becomes the sixth municipality to enact such a law. Others include Charleston, Columbia, Myrtle Beach, North Charleston and Richland County.

The ordinance passed 6-0.

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