The Irondale City Council today approved a proposal to allow Irondale police officers to provide support for the World Games.
On Tuesday, Irondale City Councilor Cindy Cuellar single-handedly delayed the move because the proposed agreement with Birmingham included language that the city would not discriminate based on gender identity.
The issue came up again today at a special meeting.
Council members this time unanimously approved the motion.
Cuellar was not present at today’s meeting and efforts by AL.com to reach her on Wednesday were not immediately successful.
During Tuesday night’s city council meeting, Cuellar said: “We are not mandating to do that. That is Birmingham policy, that is not Irondale policy.”
While the agreement appeared to have broad support on the council, Cuellar on Tuesday used a procedural move to sideline an up-or-down vote on the deal.
Cuellar on Tuesday also said Birmingham’s policy would mean “someone dressed up as a man—or as a woman—that is not that biological sex can come and apply for a job and our Irondale police department would be mandated to hire. I don’t think that’s appropriate for our community right now to have children seeing a man dressed up as a woman with a wig and makeup.”
This is a developing story and will be updated.