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Ashland Scores Low On Municipal Equality Index


Ashland is home to Southern Oregon University, recognized as one of the top 30 LGBTQ-friendly college campuses in the country. 

The city prides itself on tolerance for people of all colors, genders, and sexual orientations.  So it came as a surprise to some people to see Ashland's low score (43 of 100) on the Municipal Equality Index put out by the Human Rights Campaign. 

Even Birmingham, Alabama scored higher (100 of 100).  A look at the numbers reveals it's less about the presence of troubles than the absence of corrective measures.  HRC's Xavier Persad explains.  

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for over 35 years, working in both television and radio.
John Baxter's history at JPR reaches back three decades.  John was the JPR program director who was the architect of "the split" when JPR grew from a single program stream to three separate streams. We coaxed him out of retirement and he's now a co-producer of the Jefferson Exchange.