Kathryn Jim, the president of Northern Arizona Pride Association, fought back tears on her birthday as she explained to the Flagstaff City Council why she fought for years for a civil rights ordinance.
Jim was fighting for her best friend sitting a few feet away.
"The reason why I am here is because of him," Jim said, struggling not to cry. "This ordinance is for you."
The Flagstaff City Council unanimously gave final passage to a civil rights ordinance on Tuesday that creates legal protections against discrimination for sexual orientation, gender identity and military veterans in the areas of employment and public accommodations, such as hotels and restaurants.