Sioux Falls City Council approves anti-hate ordinance

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The Sioux Falls City Council has passed an ordinance denouncing acts of hate and racism after equal rights organizations and others called on the city to do more to respond to racist incidents in the city.

Mayor Paul TenHaken brought what he called an “anti-hate” resolution to the council in order to send a message that Sioux Falls is a welcoming place for all religions, races and sexual orientations.

Councilors took their turns Tuesday night voicing support. In September, South Dakota Voices for Peace organized a march in the city after a black teen was subjected to racial slurs in downtown Sioux Falls.